- of, relating to, or situated at the back, or dorsum.
- Anatomy, Zoology.
- 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.
- Botany. pertaining to the surface away from the axis, as of a leaf; abaxial.
- Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated with the dorsum of the tongue.
- Phonetics. a dorsal speech sound.
- Anatomy. a dorsal structure.
Origin of dorsal1
Related Wordsbehind, last, back, hind, hinder, reverse, rearward, posterior, tail, stern, following, postern, mizzen, hand, vane, appendage, pinna, stabilizer, flipper, airfoil
Examples from the Web for dorsal
The first and last lines of Lolita make my dorsal hairs quiver, as Nabokov intended.Blake Bailey: How I Write
March 20, 2013
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
In other cases the eggs are carried in the dorsal pouches of the females.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
He shot off with the bait and his dorsal fin stuck out of the water.
Just below the dorsal, on the background of gold, was a line of black dots.
Scutum: the second dorsal sclerite of the meso- and meta-thorax.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
A dorsal view of an embryo with about fifteen pairs of somites.Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator
Albert M. Reese
- anatomy zoology relating to the back or spinal part of the bodyCompare ventral (def. 1)
- botany of, relating to, or situated on the side of an organ that is directed away from the axis
- articulated with the back of the tongue, as the (k) sound in English coot
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.
- Of, toward, on, in, or near the back or upper surface of an organ, a part, or an organism.
- Lying on the back; supine.
- Relating to or on the back or upper surface of an animal.