vocal folds

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A pair of membranes, resembling lips, stretched across the larynx from front to back and capable of closing and opening to form a space called the glottis. During speech production, the airstream from the lungs causes them to vibrate, and this vibration, amplified by resonators of the chest, throat, mouth-cavity, nose-cavity, and sinuses, results in the production of vocal sounds. Also called (true) vocal cords.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Psychology.

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