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noun dor·sal \ˈdȯr-səl\

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  1. :  an ornamental cloth hung behind and above an altar


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adjective dor·sal \ˈdȯr-səl\

Definition of dorsal

  1. 1 :  relating to or situated near or on the back especially of an animal or of one of its parts

  2. 2 :  abaxial

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Origin and Etymology of dorsal

Late Latin dorsalis, from Latin dorsum back


First Known Use: 1727


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noun dor·sal

Definition of dorsal

  1. :  a dorsally located part; especially :  a thoracic vertebra

1834

First Known Use of dorsal

1834



DORSAL Defined for Kids

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adjective dor·sal \ˈdȯr-səl\

Definition of dorsal for Students

  1. :  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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adjective dor·sal \ˈdȯr-səl\

Medical Definition of dorsal

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

  2. 2chiefly British :  thoracic

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Medical Definition of dorsal

  1. :  a dorsally located part; especially :  a thoracic vertebra


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