Definition of chordate in English:

chordate

Syllabification: chor·date
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrdət, -ˌdāt
 
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Zoology

noun

  • An animal of the large phylum Chordata, comprising the vertebrates together with the sea squirts and lancelets.
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    • As an initial matter, the echinoderms and chordate phyla have been arranged in almost every possible phylogenetic order.
    • Arthropods, chordates and annelids are the three segmented phyla in the animal kingdom.
    • The zooplankton include chordate jellyfishes known as ‘salps,’ which are among the fastest-growing multicellular organisms on the planet.

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  • Relating to or denoting chordates.
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    • Surely a more penetrating expedition into invertebrate diversity was required to dig up the precursors of the chordate characteristics.
    • Scenarios of pituitary evolution traditionally focused on the base of the chordates consistent with the exclusively chordate nature of the pituitary structure.
    • They are small fish-like organisms in which the chordate characters are retained in the adult.

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