noun, plural torsos, torsi [tawr-see] .
the trunk of the human body.
a sculptured form representing the trunk of a nude female or male figure.
something mutilated or incomplete.

1715–25; < Italian: stalk, trunk of statue < Latin thyrsus < Greek thýrsos wand, stem Unabridged
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torso (ˈtɔːsəʊ)
n , pl -sos, -si
1.  the trunk of the human body
2.  a statue of a nude human trunk, esp without the head or limbs
3.  something regarded as incomplete or truncated
[C18: from Italian: stalk, stump, from Latin: thyrsus]

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Word Origin & History

1797, from It. torso "trunk of a statue," originally "stalk, stump," from V.L. *tursus, from L. thyrsus "stalk, stem," from Gk. thyrsos (see thyrsus).
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Medical Dictionary

torso tor·so (tôr'sō)
n. pl. tor·sos or tor·si (-sē)
The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk.

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Example sentences
But in one category there is a business school that stands head, shoulders,
  torso and trunk above the rest.
The skeleton consists of a virtually complete skull, the entire torso and parts
  of the arms and legs.
To turn, you twist your torso and then simply point forward with one hand to
  walk in a direction.
His intelligent portrayal was marred only by a slight stiffness in the torso.
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