[ dis-kawr-dns ]
/ dɪsˈkɔr dns /


a discordant state; disagreement; discord.
an instance of this.
Geology. lack of parallelism between adjacent strata, as in an angular unconformity.
(in genetic studies) the degree of dissimilarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a disease or trait.

Origin of discordance

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French discordaunce, descordance; see discord, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for discordance



/ (dɪsˈkɔːdəns) /


geology an arrangement of rock strata in which the older underlying ones dip at a different angle from the younger overlying ones; unconformity
lack of agreement or consonance
variants of discord
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Medical definitions for discordance

[ dĭ-skôrdns ]


The presence of a given genetic trait in only one member of a pair of identical twins.

Other words from discordance

dis•cordant adj.
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