Definition of phonation in English:


Syllabification: pho·na·tion
Pronunciation: /fōˈnāSHən


  • The production or utterance of speech sounds.
    More example sentences
    • The tongue is essential for speech / phonation, tasting, chewing, swallowing, suckling, and licking, but to do all of this it evolved to lie partially in the pharynx, where in humans it is at best a nuisance for breathing.
    • Mastication, swallowing, phonation, hearing, vision, and facial expression will be animated and seen in three dimensions.
    • The primary function of this system is the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide; secondary functions are phonation and olfaction.



Pronunciation: /ˈfōˌnāt/
More example sentences
  • The laryngoscope is used again to confirm vocal cord medialization while the patient phonates.
  • They can crudely chew and phonate (mediated by other cranial nerves) but can't smile or frown or otherwise express emotion.
  • He or she then inserts the measuring device, and the patient is asked to phonate while the medialization is viewed through the laryngoscope.


Pronunciation: /ˈfōnəˌtôrē/
More example sentences
  • The specific implant size easily can be identified during the procedure by visualizing the larynx with a fiber-optic laryngoscope and listening to the patient's phonatory function.
  • Chapter One, ‘Physiology of Phonation’ by Robert Fawcus, is about the co-ordination between phonatory and articulatory behaviors.


mid 19th century: from Greek phōnē 'sound, voice' + -ation.

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