[ dawr-soh-ven-truh l ]
/ ˌdɔr soʊˈvɛn trəl /


Zoology. pertaining to the dorsal and ventral aspects of the body; extending from the dorsal to the ventral side: the dorsoventral axis.
Botany. dorsiventral.

Origin of dorsoventral

First recorded in 1865–70; dorso- + ventral

Related forms

dor·so·ven·tral·i·ty, noundor·so·ven·tral·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dorsoventral


/ (ˌdɔːsəʊˈvɛntrəl) /


relating to both the dorsal and ventral sides; extending from the back to the belly
botany a variant spelling of dorsiventral

Derived Forms

dorsoventrally, adverb
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