- the back, as of the body.
- the back or outer surface of an organ, part, etc.
Origin of dorsum
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1775–85
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- 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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- The back.
- The upper, outer surface of an organ, appendage, or part.
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