notochord

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notochord

 [no´to-kord]
a cylindrical cord of cells on the dorsal aspect of an embryo, marking its longitudinal axis; the common factor of all chordates. It is the center of development of the axial skeleton.
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no·to·chord

(nō'tō-kōrd),
1. In primitive vertebrates, the primary axial supporting structure of the body, derived from the notochordal or head process of the early embryo; an important organizer for determining the final form of the nervous system and related structures.
2. In embryos, the axial fibrocellular cord about which the vertebral primordia develop; vestiges of it persist in the adult as the nuclei pulposi of the intervertebral discs. Synonym(s): chorda dorsalis
[G. nōtos, back, + chordē, cord, string]
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notochord

(nō′tə-kôrd′)
n.
A flexible rodlike structure that is present in the embryos of all chordates and in the adult forms of certain groups, such as the lancelets and hagfishes. The notochord develops into the spinal column in most vertebrates.

no′to·chord′al adj.
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no·to·chord

(nō'tō-kōrd)
1. In primitive vertebrates, the primary axial supporting structure of the body, derived from the notochordal or head process of the early embryo; an important organizer for determining the final form of the nervous system and related structures.
2. In embryos, the axial fibrocellular cord about which the vertebral primordia develop; vestiges of it persist in the adult as the nuclei pulposi of the intervertebral discs.
[G. nōtos, back, + chordē, cord, string]
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notochord

A rod-like structure, present in early development, derived from the MESODERM and giving rise to the spine. In the adult, the notochord is represented by the pulpy centres (nucleus pulposus) of the intervertebral discs.
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notochord

the longitudinal axial support (skeleton) of the embryos of all chordates, which lies ventral to the nerve cord and dorsal to the alimentary canal. Remnants of the notochord usually remain in the adult between the vertebrae, which come to surround it.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

no·to·chord

(nō'tō-kōrd)
In embryos, the axial fibrocellular cord about which vertebral primordia develop; vestiges persist in the adult as the nuclei pulposi of the intervertebral discs.
[G. nōtos, back, + chordē, cord, string]
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