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discordance

[dis-kawr-dns]
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noun
  1. a discordant state; disagreement; discord.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. dissonance.
  4. Geology. lack of parallelism between adjacent strata, as in an angular unconformity.
  5. (in genetic studies) the degree of dissimilarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a disease or trait.
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Origin of discordance

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French discordaunce, descordance; see discord, -ance
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Related Words for discordance

dissonance, contention, clash, discord, dissent, friction, disunity, disagreement, argument, controversy, strife, schism, dissension, confrontation, dissidence, difference, war, dispute, disaccord

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British Dictionary definitions for discordance

discordance

discordancy

noun
  1. geology an arrangement of rock strata in which the older underlying ones dip at a different angle from the younger overlying ones; unconformity
  2. lack of agreement or consonance
  3. variants of discord
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Word Origin and History for discordance

n.

mid-14c.; see discord (v.) + -ance.

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discordance in Medicine

discordance

(dĭ-skôrdns)
n.
  1. The presence of a given genetic trait in only one member of a pair of identical twins.
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Related formsdis•cordant adj.
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