true vocal cords

noun plural

Medical Definition of true vocal cords

: the lower pair of vocal cords each of which encloses a vocal ligament, extends from the inner surface of one side of the thyroid cartilage near the median line to a process of the corresponding arytenoid cartilage on the same side of the larynx, and when drawn taut, approximated to the contralateral member of the pair, and subjected to a flow of breath produces the voice

called also inferior vocal cords, vocal folds

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“True vocal cords.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/true%20vocal%20cords. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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