Definition of vocal cords in 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cancer of the throat can involve malignant tumors on the vocal cords, voice box, or other areas of the throat.’
    • ‘Precise coordination of the closure of the glottis and the action of the vocal cords produces the voice.’
    • ‘When a young child's airway becomes inflamed, it may swell around the vocal cords, making it harder to breathe.’
    • ‘Croup is inflammation of the vocal cords, windpipe, and small air tubes in the lungs.’
    • ‘Without normal vibration of the vocal folds in the larynx (voice box), the sound of speech is absent.’
    • ‘If a sound is truly voiced, that means that the vocal folds are vibrating during the sound itself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you speak, air rushes from your lungs and makes your vocal cords vibrate, producing the sound of your 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.’


vocal cords

/ˈvōkəl kô(ə)rdz/