- situated on or toward the upper side of the body, equivalent to the back, or posterior, in humans.
- situated on or toward the posterior plane in humans or toward the upper plane in quadrupeds.
Origin of dorsal1
Definition for dorsal (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for dorsal
The first and last lines of Lolita make my dorsal hairs quiver, as Nabokov intended.
Relatively misshapen and formless, the dorsal figure is perhaps even more expressive of physical torment.The Shroud of Turin and Thomas de Wesselow’s ‘The Sign.’|Thomas de Wesselow|April 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The graylings are closely allied to the trout family, having an adipose second dorsal fin.Favorite Fish and Fishing|James Alexander Henshall
The heart (fig. 224 ht) lies under the dorsal spine and is prolonged into an anterior, posterior, and dorsal aorta.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
The first dorsal spine is locked when erect by the second, or "trigger."Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others|James Alexander Henshall
Rounded edge of union of dorsal vascular and intermediate folds bounding the ileo-ccal fossa caudad.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity|George. S. Huntington
Body flattened, the two dorsal borders prominent and foliaceous.
British Dictionary definitions for dorsal
Word Origin for dorsal
Word Origin and History for dorsal
1540s, from Middle French dorsal (14c.), from Late Latin dorsalis, corresponding to Latin dorsualis "of the back," from dorsum "back," of uncertain origin.