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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.
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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

  • 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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