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dorsal

noun dor·sal \ ˈdȯr-səl \

Variant of

: an ornamental cloth hung behind and above an altar

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dorsal

adjective dor·sal \ ˈdȯr-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

dorsally

play \-sə-lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of dorsal

Late Latin dorsalis, from Latin dorsum back


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dorsal

noun

Definition of dorsal

: a dorsally located part; especially : a thoracic vertebra

First Known Use of dorsal

1834



DORSAL Defined for Kids

dorsal

adjective dor·sal \ ˈdȯr-səl \

Definition of dorsal for Students

: 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

Medical Dictionary

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dorsal

adjective dor·sal \ ˈdȯr-səl \

medical Definition of dorsal

1 a : being or located near, on, or toward the upper surface of an animal (as a quadruped) opposite the lower or ventral surface
b : being or located near, on, or toward the back or posterior part of the human body
2 chiefly British : thoracic

dorsally

play \-sə-lē\ adverb

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dorsal

noun

medical Definition of dorsal

: a dorsally located part; especially : a thoracic vertebra


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