Definition of urochordate in English:

urochordate

Line breaks: uro|chord¦ate
Pronunciation: /jʊərə(ʊ)ˈkɔːdeɪt
 
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Zoology

noun

  • A marine invertebrate of the group Urochordata, which comprises the tunicates.
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    • Chordates are divided into urochordates, cephalochordates, and vertebrates.
    • For instance, adult urochordates are typically sessile, while many vertebrates are quite active.
    • Their report that urochordates are comprised of 4 discrete lineages holds interesting implications for understanding the evolution of tadpole morphology and chordate life history.

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  • Relating to or denoting urochordates.
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    • This suggests that the disruption observed is specific to the urochordate lineage.
    • These data further support the hypothesis that duplication and differentiation giving rise to cardiac and skeletal genes occurred following divergence of the urochordate and vertebrate ancestors.
    • The phylogenic analysis implies that the multiple actinin isoforms found in modern vertebrates arose after the divergence of the vertebrate and urochordate lineages.

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