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vocal

 [vo´kal]
pertaining to the voice.
vocal cords the thin, reedlike folds of mucous membrane in the larynx; the superior pair are called the false vocal cords and the inferior pair are called the true vocal cords. (See also Plates.) They vibrate to make vocal sounds during speaking, and are capable of producing a vast range of sounds. Each cord has one end attached to the front wall of the larynx, close to that of the other cord. The opposite ends are connected to two tiny cartilages near the back wall of the larynx. The cartilages can be rotated so as to swing the cords far apart or bring them together. When they are apart, the breath passes through silently, unobstructed; when they are closer together, they partly obstruct the air passage, and as the air is forced through them they vibrate like the reeds of a pipe organ and produce sound waves. These waves are what we call the voice. See also speech.
Vocal cords.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

vo·cal

(vō'kăl),
Pertaining to the voice or the organs of speech.
[L. vocalis]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

vocal

(vō′kəl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the production of sound through the mouth: the vertebrate vocal organs; a vocal defect.
2. Uttered or produced by the voice: vocal sounds.
n.
A vocal sound.

vo′cal·ly adv.
vo′cal·ness n.
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vo·cal

(vō'kăl)
Pertaining to the voice or the organs of speech.
[L. vocalis]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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Q. How can I fix my vocal cords? Please I am in need of desperate help.

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