AskDefine | Define dorsal

Dictionary Definition

dorsal adj
1 belonging to or on or near the back or upper surface of an animal or organ or part; "the dorsal fin is the vertical fin on the back of a fish and certain marine mammals" [ant: ventral]
2 facing away from the axis of an organ or organism; "the abaxial surface of a leaf is the underside or side facing away from the stem" [syn: abaxial] [ant: adaxial]

User Contributed Dictionary



From dorsalis, "of or related to back".



  1. With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located.
  2. In the context of "of a knife": Having only one sharp side.
  3. An anatomical term referring to the top surface of either foot and/or hand.

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Extensive Definition

Dorsal is an adjective which means being at the back. Dorsal may refer to:
dorsal in German: Dorsale
dorsal in French: Dorsale

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