[kon-kawr-dns, kuh n-]


agreement; concord; harmony: the concordance of the membership.
an alphabetical index of the principal words of a book, as of the Bible, with a reference to the passage in which each occurs.
an alphabetical index of subjects or topics.
(in genetic studies) the degree of similarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a particular disease or trait.

Origin of concordance

1350–1400; Middle English concordaunce < Anglo-French, equivalent to Middle French concordance < Medieval Latin concordantia. See concord, -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a state or condition of agreement or harmony
a book that indexes the principal words in a literary work, often with the immediate context and an account of the meaning
an index produced by computer or machine, alphabetically listing every word in a text
an alphabetical list of subjects or topics
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Word Origin and History for concordance

late 14c., "alphabetical arrangement of all the words in a book" (especially the Bible), from Old French concordance (12c.) "agreement, harmony," from Late Latin concordantia, from concordantem (nominative concordans; see concord). Originally a citation of parallel passages. Literal meaning "fact of agreeing" attested in English from mid-15c.

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concordance in Medicine




The presence of a given trait in both members of a pair of twins.
Related formscon•cordant adj.
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