Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Vocal Cords

Horizontal fold of muscle and connective tissue covered by mucosa and located in the larynx inferior to a similar structure, the vestibular folds. The vocal cords function in producing vocal sounds as air is forced between these folds, causing them to vibrate from side to side. The resulting sound waves are formed into words through shape changes in the pharynx and oral cavity and by actions of the tongue and lips. Aka vocal fold.

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