[ dawr-suhm ]
/ ˈdɔr səm /
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noun, plural dor·sa [dawr-suh]. /ˈdɔr sə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
the back, as of the body.
the back or outer surface of an organ, part, etc.
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Origin of dorsum
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1775–85
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British Dictionary definitions for dorsum
/ (ˈdɔːsəm) /
noun plural -sa (-sə) anatomy
a technical name for the back 1
any analogous surfacethe dorsum of the hand
Word Origin for dorsum
C18: from Latin, literally: back
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Medical definitions for dorsum
[ dôr′səm ]
n. pl. dor•sa (-sə)
The upper, outer surface of an organ, appendage, or part.
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