vocal cords

vocal cords
Two folds of tissue located in the larynx that vibrate when air passes over them, producing the sound waves associated with talking and singing.

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  • vocal cords — n. either of two pairs of membranous cords or folds in the larynx, consisting of a thicker upper pair (false vocal cords) and a lower pair (true vocal cords): voice is produced when air from the lungs causes the lower cords to vibrate: pitch is… …   English World dictionary

  • Vocal cords — Vocal Vo cal (v[=o] kal), a. [L. vocalis, fr. vox, vocis, voice: cf. F. vocal. See {Voice}, and cf. {Vowel}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice or speech; having voice; endowed with utterance; full of voice, or voices. [1913 Webster] To hill or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vocal cords — vocal chords n [plural] thin pieces of muscle in your throat that produce sounds when you speak …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vocal cords — vocal ,cords or vocal ,chords noun plural the very thin muscles inside your throat that you use for making sounds …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • vocal cords — (also vocal folds) ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ folds of the lining of the larynx whose edges vibrate in the airstream to produce the voice …   English terms dictionary

  • vocal cords — noun plural also vocal bands : either of two pairs of folds of mucous membrane that project into the cavity of the larynx and have free edges extending dorsoventrally toward the middle line: a. : false vocal cords b. or vocal folds …   Useful english dictionary

  • vocal cords — also vocal chords N PLURAL Your vocal cords are the part of your throat that vibrates when you speak. She wanted to scream, but her vocal cords seemed paralysed …   English dictionary

  • vocal cords — Anat. either of the two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the cavity of the larynx. Cf. true vocal cords, false vocal cords. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • vocal cords — (also vocal folds) plural noun folds of the membranous lining of the larynx which form a slit within the glottis and whose edges vibrate in the airstream to produce the voice. Usage The correct term is vocal cords, not vocal chords …   English new terms dictionary

  • vocal cords —    Not to be confused with chords (groups of musical notes), as happens all too often: Understudy Nancy Ringham will play opposite Rex Harrison because Miss Kennedy has problems with her vocal chords (Evening Standard). Vocal cords are so called… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • vocal cords —  Not chords. Vocal cords are so called because of their shape and structure, not because of their tonal qualities …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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