[kawr-dey-tuh, -dah-]

noun Zoology.

the phylum comprising the chordates.

Origin of Chordata

1875–80; < New Latin, equivalent to chord(a) (see chord1) + Latin -āta, neuter plural of -ātus -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chordata

Word Origin and History for chordata


1880, Modern Latin, from Latin chorda "cord, string" (see cord (n.)) + ending from Vertebrata.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for chordata




The phylum of animals whose members have a single dorsal nerve cord and a notochord and gill slits during some stage in their development.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.