[ ri-trawrs, ree-trawrs ]
/ rɪˈtrɔrs, ˈri trɔrs /


turned backward.

Origin of retrorse

1815–25; < Latin retrōrsus, contracted form of retrōversus bent backward, equivalent to retrō- retro- + versus (past participle of vertere to turn); see retroversion

Related forms

re·trorse·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retrorse


/ (rɪˈtrɔːs) /


(esp of plant parts) pointing backwards or in a direction opposite to normal

Derived Forms

retrorsely, adverb

Word Origin for retrorse

C19: from Latin retrōrsus, shortened form of retrōversus turned back, from retro- + vertere to turn
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