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Medical Term:

vocal fold


Definition: the sharp-edged fold of mucous membrane overlying and incorporating the vocal ligament and the thyroarytenoid muscle and stretching along either wall of the larynx from the angle between the laminae of the thyroid cartilage to the vocal process of the arytenoid cartilage; air flow causes the vocal folds to vibrate in production of the voice.

Synonym(s): plica vocalisTA, chorda vocalis, Ferrein cords, labium vocale, true vocal cord, vocal cord, vocal shelf

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