[ 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

pre·chord·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chordal

  • In Elasmobranchii the chordal sheath is weak and the skeletogenous layer strong.

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

    The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds

Medicine definitions for chordal


[ kôrdl ]


Of or relating to a chorda or cord.
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