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[kon-kawr-dns, kuh n-] /kɒnˈkɔr dns, kən-/
agreement; concord; harmony:
the concordance of the membership.
an alphabetical index of the principal words of a book, as of the Bible, with a reference to the passage in which each occurs.
an alphabetical index of subjects or topics.
(in genetic studies) the degree of similarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a particular disease or trait.
Origin of concordance
1350-1400; Middle English concordaunce < Anglo-French, equivalent to Middle French concordance < Medieval Latin concordantia. See concord, -ance Unabridged
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  • If there were, you could not establish concordance tables.
  • The prevalence of these repeating structures and their deep mysterious concordance and similarity is what is inspiring.
  • These reports strengthen the growing concordance she sees relating oncogenes and chromosome changes.
British Dictionary definitions for concordance


a state or condition of agreement or harmony
a book that indexes the principal words in a literary work, often with the immediate context and an account of the meaning
an index produced by computer or machine, alphabetically listing every word in a text
an alphabetical list of subjects or topics
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Word Origin and History for concordance

late 14c., "alphabetical arrangement of all the words in a book" (especially the Bible), from Old French concordance (12c.) "agreement, harmony," from Late Latin concordantia, from concordantem (nominative concordans; see concord). Originally a citation of parallel passages. Literal meaning "fact of agreeing" attested in English from mid-15c.

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concordance in Medicine

concordance con·cor·dance (kən-kôr'dns)
The presence of a given trait in both members of a pair of twins.

con·cor'dant adj.
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