- 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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Origin of dorsal1
OTHER WORDS FROM dorsaldor·sal·ly, adverb
Definition for dorsal (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for dorsal
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
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