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variant of dorsi-: dorsoventral.
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WORDS THAT USE DORSO-

What does dorso- mean?

The combining form dorso– is used like a prefix meaning “dorsum” or “dorsal.” Dorsum is an anatomical term for the back of the human body. Dorsal is the adjective form of dorsum, meaning “of, relating to, or situated at the back.” The form dorso– is very occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in anatomy.

The form dorso– comes from Latin dorsum, meaning “back.” The closest Greek equivalent of dorsum is rhákhis, “spine,” as found in the combining form rachio and the noun rachis, which refers to the axis of a flower or the spine of a feather. To learn more, check out our entries for rachio– and rachis.

What are variants of dorso-?

The forms dors and dorso– are less-common variants of dorsi. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for dors– and dorsi-.

Examples of dorso-

One example of an anatomical term that features the form dorso– is dorsocephalad, “toward the back of the head.”

The dorso– portion of the word here means “back.” The word cephalad means “toward the head,” from Greek kephalḗ. Dorsocephalad literally translates to “toward the back of the head.”

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The word ventral means “of, relating to, or belonging to the belly.” With this in mind, what does the anatomical term dorsoventral mean?

How to use dorso- in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dorso-

dorso-

dorsi- or before a vowel dors-


combining form
indicating dorsum or dorsaldorsoventral
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