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1dorsal

Definition of DORSAL

variant of dossal

2dorsal

adjective dor·sal \ˈdr-səl\

Definition of DORSAL

1
:  relating to or situated near or on the back especially of an animal or of one of its parts
2
:  abaxial
dor·sal·ly \-sə-lē\ adverb

Origin of DORSAL

Late Latin dorsalis, from Latin dorsum back
First Known Use: 1727

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with DORSAL

3dorsal

noun

Definition of DORSAL

:  a dorsally located part; especially :  a thoracic vertebra

First Known Use of DORSAL

1834

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral
DORSAL Defined for Kids

dorsal

adjective dor·sal \ˈdr-səl\

Definition of DORSAL for Kids

:  relating to or being on or near the surface of the body that in humans is the back but in most animals is the upper surface <a fish's dorsal fin>

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