false vocal cords

noun plural

Medical Definition of false vocal cords 

: the upper pair of vocal cords each of which encloses a vestibular ligament, extends from one side of the thyroid cartilage in front to the arytenoid cartilage on the same side of the larynx in back, and is not directly concerned with speech production

called also superior vocal cords, ventricular folds, vestibular folds

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