Term Category: Anatomy (Antiquated Term)
Vocal Cord is an antiquated term for the vocal folds. The true vocal folds are a pair of multi-layered tissue that stretches from the posterior of the thyroid cartilage to the arytenoid cartilages. The primary purpose of the vocal folds is to prevent food and liquids from entering the lungs during swallowing. The secondary function of the true vocal folds is pitched phonation used in speech and singing.
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