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[dawr-suh-flek-shuh n]
noun Anatomy.
  1. flexion toward the back.
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Origin of dorsiflexion

1815–25; dorsiflex to bend backward (dorsi- + flex1) + -ion
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Examples from the Web for dorsiflexion

Historical Examples

  • It may be necessary to give an anæsthetic to obtain the necessary degree of dorsiflexion.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles

  • There is a good deal of pain, the grasping power of the hand is impaired, and dorsiflexion is considerably restricted.

  • Sinuses form, and the whole foot becomes greatly swollen and distorted by flattening of the sole and dorsiflexion of the toes.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for dorsiflexion


  1. med the bending back of a part, esp the hand or foot or their digits
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dorsiflexion in Medicine


  1. The turning of the foot or the toes upward.
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