chordal

[kawr-dl]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a chord.
  2. 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 formspre·chord·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chordal

Historical Examples of chordal

  • 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

[kôrdl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to a chorda or cord.
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