cephalochordate

[ sef-uh-loh-kawr-deyt ]
/ ˌsɛf ə loʊˈkɔr deɪt /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Cephalochordata.

noun

any chordate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having fishlike characters but lacking a spinal column, comprising the lancelets.

Nearby words

  1. cephalization,
  2. cephalo-,
  3. cephalocaudal axis,
  4. cephalocele,
  5. cephalocentesis,
  6. cephalodynia,
  7. cephalogyric,
  8. cephalohematocele,
  9. cephalohematoma,
  10. cephalom.

Origin of cephalochordate

< New Latin Cephalochordata; see cephalo-, chordate

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British Dictionary definitions for cephalochordate

cephalochordate

/ (ˌsɛfələʊˈkɔːdeɪt) /

noun

any chordate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having a fishlike body and no vertebral column; a lancelet

adjective

of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalochordata
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Science definitions for cephalochordate

cephalochordate

[ sĕf′ə-lə-kôrdāt′ ]

A member of the subphylum Cephalochordata of the phylum Chordata, whose only living species are the lancelets. See more at lancelet. Compare hemichordate.
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