Definition of vocal cords in English:

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vocal cords

Pronunciation: /ˈvōkəl kô(ə)rdz/
(also vocal folds)

plural noun

Folds of membranous tissue that project inward from the sides of the larynx to form a slit across the glottis in the throat, and whose edges vibrate in the airstream to produce the voice.
Example sentences
  • When you speak, air rushes from your lungs and makes your vocal cords vibrate, producing the sound of your voice.
  • Cancer of the throat can involve malignant tumors on the vocal cords, voice box, or other areas of the throat.
  • Without normal vibration of the vocal folds in the larynx (voice box), the sound of speech is absent.
voice box, vocal folds, larynx
informal pipes

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Syllabification: vo·cal cords

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