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dorsal1

[dawr-suh l] /ˈdɔr səl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or situated at the back, or dorsum.
2.
Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. situated on or toward the upper side of the body, equivalent to the back, or posterior, in humans.
  2. situated on or toward the posterior plane in humans or toward the upper plane in quadrupeds.
3.
Botany. pertaining to the surface away from the axis, as of a leaf; abaxial.
4.
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated with the dorsum of the tongue.
noun
5.
Phonetics. a dorsal speech sound.
6.
Anatomy. a dorsal structure.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Medieval Latin dorsālis, equivalent to Latin dors(um) back + -ālis -al1
Related forms
dorsally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dorsally

dorsal

/ˈdɔːsəl/
adjective
1.
(anatomy, zoology) relating to the back or spinal part of the body Compare ventral (sense 1)
2.
(botany) of, relating to, or situated on the side of an organ that is directed away from the axis
3.
articulated with the back of the tongue, as the (k) sound in English coot
Derived Forms
dorsally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin dorsālis, from Latin dorsum back
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Word Origin and History for dorsally

dorsal

adj.

1540s, from Middle French dorsal (14c.), from Late Latin dorsalis, corresponding to Latin dorsualis "of the back," from dorsum "back," of uncertain origin.

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dorsally in Medicine

dorsal dor·sal (dôr'səl)
adj.

  1. Of, toward, on, in, or near the back or upper surface of an organ, a part, or an organism.

  2. Lying on the back; supine.

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dorsally in Science
dorsal
  (dôr'səl)   
Relating to or on the back or upper surface of an animal.
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