Definition of vocal cords in US English:

vocal cords

(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.

    • ‘For most men, the vocal folds in the larynx, or voice box, vibrate 100 times per second as air passes from the windpipe into the mouth and through the lips.’
    • ‘If you overuse your voice when the vocal cords are inflamed, it may make the inflammation worse and take longer for your normal voice to return.’
    • ‘If a sound is truly voiced, that means that the vocal folds are vibrating during the sound itself.’
    • ‘Cancer of the throat can involve malignant tumors on the vocal cords, voice box, or other areas of the throat.’
    • ‘Croup is inflammation of the vocal cords, windpipe, and small air tubes in the lungs.’
    • ‘When a young child's airway becomes inflamed, it may swell around the vocal cords, making it harder to breathe.’
    • ‘Without normal vibration of the vocal folds in the larynx (voice box), the sound of speech is absent.’
    • ‘Precise coordination of the closure of the glottis and the action of the vocal cords produces the voice.’
    • ‘When you speak, air rushes from your lungs and makes your vocal cords vibrate, producing the sound of your voice.’
    • ‘The larynx contains the vocal cords and it is there that the basic sounds, that are then modified to form the speaking and singing voice, are produced.’


vocal cords

/ˈvoʊkəl kɔ(ə)rdz//ˈvōkəl kô(ə)rdz/