cephalochordate

[sef-uh-loh-kawr-deyt]
noun
  1. any chordate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having fishlike characters but lacking a spinal column, comprising the lancelets.

Origin of cephalochordate

< New Latin Cephalochordata; see cephalo-, chordate
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British Dictionary definitions for cephalochordate

cephalochordate

noun
  1. any chordate animal of the subphylum Cephalochordata, having a fishlike body and no vertebral column; a lancelet
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Cephalochordata
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cephalochordate in Science

cephalochordate

[sĕf′ə-lə-kôrdāt′]
  1. 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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