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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
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prechordal, adjective Unabridged
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  • In Amphioxus the notochord is immediately surrounded by a structureless cuticular layer, the chordal sheath.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • In Elasmobranchii the chordal sheath is weak and the skeletogenous layer strong.

    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
  • 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
chordal in Medicine

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

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