Vocal folds

Vocal folds, or vocal cords, are ligaments covered by soft mucous membranes in the larynx (voice box) that allow voice production. The stiff-edged vocal ligament is a band of elastic tissue that stretches between the thyroid cartilage and larynx cartilage.

When air passes over closed vocal cords, they vibrate and make sounds.

Last Updated: January 20, 2009

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology

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