- 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
Examples from the Web for dorsally
Laterally the stapes carries a short, broad process that probably made contact with a dorsally placed tympanic membrane.A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas|Theodore H. Eaton
The second glume is compressed, dorsally gibbous, keeled, 7-nerved.
The first glume is coriaceous or chartaceous, dorsally compressed, with incurved margins, usually 2-keeled.
Dorsally the sphenethmoid is large, pentagonal, and completely ossified.
The zygomatic bar in each genus is stout, laterally compressed, and dorsally convex on both upper and lower margins.The Adductor Muscles of the Jaw In Some Primitive Reptiles|Richard C. Fox
British Dictionary definitions for dorsally
Word Origin for dorsal
Word Origin and History for dorsally
1540s, from Middle French dorsal (14c.), from Late Latin dorsalis, corresponding to Latin dorsualis "of the back," from dorsum "back," of uncertain origin.