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]

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English

Etymology

From dorsalis, "of or related to back".

Pronunciation

Adjective

  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.

Derived terms

Translations

Extensive Definition

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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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