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[kawr-dl] /ˈkɔr dl/
of, relating to, or resembling a chord.
of or relating to music that is marked principally by vertical harmonic movement rather than by linear polyphony.
Origin of chordal
First recorded in 1610-20; chord2 + -al1
Related forms
prechordal, adjective Unabridged
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  • In Elasmobranchii the chordal sheath is weak and the skeletogenous layer strong.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In Amphioxus the notochord is immediately surrounded by a structureless cuticular layer, the chordal sheath.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The notochord remains permanently unconstricted and is enclosed in a chordal sheath, external to which is the skeletogenous layer.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Of the divine spheral music, the one is the chordal harmony, the other the consecutive harmony or melody.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
chordal in Medicine

chordal chord·al (kôr'dl)
Of or relating to a chorda or cord.

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