Definition of chordotonal in English:


Line breaks: chordo|tonal
Pronunciation: /ˌkɔːdə(ʊ)ˈtəʊn(ə)l


  • (In insects) denoting sense organs which are responsive to mechanical and sound vibrations.
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    • The anterior mVAC accommodates afferent terminals from other chordotonal organs that have retained their proprioceptive function.
    • By contrast, in embryos from the fru sat line, no ß-galactosidase-positive cells were found in the embryonic CNS, and only the chordotonal neurons in the PNS were labeled.
    • The sensory cells are organized into five external fields of campaniform sensilla and one internal chordotonal organ.


late 19th century: from chord2 + tonal.

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