- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM dorsaldor·sal·ly, adverb
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The building is festooned with cartoon-like images of fish, including dorsal fins that poke out of the roof.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market|Jane & Michael Stern|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has silvery blue skin and a red dorsal fin that runs the length of its body.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?|Kevin Bailey|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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 body shields of the head pass gradually into the dorsal plates.
The tip often forms an abrupt angle with the shaft and there is a keel on the dorsal surface of the tip (see figs. 5, 6).
Microscopic examination reveals that there is a faint keel on the dorsal surface of the tip.
Such a contrivance would save his feet, check his perspiration, and console his dorsal vertebra.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
This body has deep pits both on the dorsal and ventral sides near the base.