dorsum

[dawr-suh m]
noun, plural dor·sa [dawr-suh] /ˈdɔr sə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. the back, as of the body.
  2. the back or outer surface of an organ, part, etc.

Origin of dorsum

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1775–85
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dorsum

noun plural -sa (-sə) anatomy
  1. a technical name for the back 1
  2. any analogous surfacethe dorsum of the hand

Word Origin for dorsum

C18: from Latin, literally: back
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dorsum in Medicine

dorsum

[dôrsəm]
n. pl. dor•sa (-sə)
  1. The back.
  2. The upper, outer surface of an organ, appendage, or part.
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