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phonation

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Pronunciation: /fə(ʊ)ˈneɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of phonation in English:

noun

[mass noun] Phonetics
The production or utterance of speech sounds: patients may exhibit difficulty with phonation
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

phonate

1
Pronunciation: /fə(ʊ)ˈneɪt/
verb
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.

phonatory

2
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊnət(ə)ri/
adjective
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.

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