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Vocal cords, or vocal folds, are ligaments covered by soft mucous membranes in the larynx (voice box) that allow voice production. A stiff-edged vocal ligament is a band of elastic tissue that stretches between the cartilage that makes up the larynx.
When air passes over closed vocal cords, they vibrate and make sounds.
Last Revised: October 9, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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