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dorsal Syllabification: dor·sal
Pronunciation: /ˈdôrsəl/

Definition of dorsal in English:


Anatomy , Zoology , & Botany
Of, on, or relating to the upper side or back of an animal, plant, or organ: a dorsal view of the body the dorsal aorta Compare with ventral.
More example sentences
  • Just outside each vertebra, the dorsal and ventral roots unite to form a spinal nerve on each side.
  • Such a wasp held the fly with the middle and hind legs head forward and ventral or dorsal side up.
  • If either of these proteins is absent, then the motor axons select dorsal and ventral pathways randomly.


Example sentences
  • In insects, as in all arthropods, the main nerve cord lies ventrally, rather than dorsally as in vertebrates.
  • During the surgery, care must be taken to protect the branches of the superficial and radial nerves that dorsally overlie the first dorsal compartment.
  • This animal swims to escape predators by repeatedly flexing its body dorsally and ventrally.


Late Middle English: from late Latin dorsalis, from Latin dorsum 'back'.

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