(also vocal folds)
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.
- 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
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Syllabification: vo·cal cords
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