- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM dorsaldor·sal·ly, adverb
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How to use dorsal in a sentence
A prominent triangular dorsal fin cuts the surface, the powerful rhythmically beating tail driving it silently through the cloudy green depths.Basking shark families go on road trips in search of fine dining|The Conversation|December 31, 2020|Ars Technica
The dorsal, or backside, harbors neurons specially equipped to encode “facts.”Towards ‘Eternal Sunshine’? New Links Found Between Memory and Emotion|Shelly Fan|July 28, 2020|Singularity Hub
Dorsally the origin is bounded by the base of the postorbital process and ventrally by the temporal process.Jaw Musculature of the Mourning and White-winged Doves|Robert L. Merz
The high, narrow alary processes of the premaxillae extend dorsally about two-thirds of the height of the snout.
The body is black dorsally and laterally, and bluish gray ventrally; the tail musculature is brown and stippled with darker brown.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico|William E. Duellman
The posterior nerve-rudiments form somewhat wedge-shaped masses of tissue attached dorsally to the spinal cord.
Though fairly wide below, it narrows dorsally before becoming continuous with the cavity in the vertebral plates.