vocal folds

plural noun

: the lower pair of vocal cords each of which when drawn taut, approximated to the contralateral member of the pair, and subjected to a flow of breath produces the voice

Examples of vocal folds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surgeons in Kyoto implanted a titanium bridge between his vocal cords (also known as vocal folds) to keep them from pressing together. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The arytenoids change the position of human vocal folds. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 21 Feb. 2024 His group discovered that the crucial pitch changes are achieved by adjusting tension in the vocal folds of the larynx, and that the corresponding brain signals could be monitored precisely enough for the synthesizer to impart the emotional subtext of patients’ speech. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 19 Dec. 2019 New research published in Current Biology suggests that connective tissue masses are embedded in the vocal folds of the larynges of domestic cats. Jorge Garay, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2023 One of the best and most immediate ways to change your voice is by placing it in a specific resonating area of the body – such as the sinuses or throat – or by changing how the vocal folds vibrate. Erica Tobolski, The Conversation, 29 Apr. 2022 Now it’s generally understood that the source is the voice box: The brain pings electric signals to the vocal folds, prompting them to flutter open and shut like little muscular doors. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2022 Respiratory mucus serves to lubricate the vocal folds, and also filters out particulate debris like pollen, dander and smoke. Jack Feerick, Discover Magazine, 10 Nov. 2020 Rocky's abilities prove that primates can manipulate their vocal folds at a fine scale to create distinct sounds, a key component for building up and using a complex vocabulary. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 28 July 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vocal folds was in 1866

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“Vocal folds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocal%20folds. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

vocal folds

noun plural
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