A general and somewhat imprecise term used to describe or “name” a swelling originating in the vocal fold [intlink id=”356″ type=”post”]mucosa[/intlink]. Such a mass is commonly unilateral, benign, and the result, at least in part, of vibratory trauma. A polyp may be referred to as [intlink id=”209″ type=”post”]hemorrhagic[/intlink], [intlink id=”419″ type=”post”]pedunculated[/intlink], [intlink id=”509″ type=”post”]smoking-related[/intlink], and so forth. A vocal polyp interferes with the voice’s clarity and other capabilities by interfering with accurate approximation of the folds during [intlink id=”427″ type=”post”]phonation[/intlink]. A polyp may also add mass to the vocal fold, thereby dropping the pitch range available to the voice.