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Vocal cords are membranes found in the throat of humanoids that vibrate, enabling speech.
Later that year, Kirk suggested that Commissioner Bele rest his vocal cords after a lengthy argument regarding the extradition of Lokai, whom Bele had been pursuing for over 50,000 years. (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")
Orta, a Bajoran terrorist, had his vocal cords forcibly removed by the Cardassian Union and, as a result, was forced to use an embedded voice synthesizer in his neck for the rest of his life. (TNG: "Ensign Ro")