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Vocal cords, also called vocal folds, are ligaments that stretch across the larynx and are covered by mucous membranes. The larynx is in the throat just above the windpipe. 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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