One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Situated beside the notochord; specifically designating either of a pair of cartilaginous plates which form the foundation of the skull in mammalian embryos.
A parachordal cartilage.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist. From para- + chord + -al.
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