Vocal fold bowing

A descriptive term referring to the appearance of vocal folds that are somewhat atrophied, often with some concomitant flaccidity. When the individual phonates, or puts the vocal folds together to produce voice, instead of the vocal folds matching in a straight line with a very small gap between them, a long, wider elliptical opening is seen between them. Correlates with a voice that tends to fade with use, is fuzzy and soft-edged, and sometimes is a little higher in pitch than normal.

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