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Meaning of DORSAL

Pronunciation:  'dorsul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (biology) facing away from the axis of an organ or organism; "the abaxial surface of a leaf is the underside or side facing away from the stem"
  2. [adj]  belonging to or on or near the back or upper surface of an animal or organ or part; "the dorsal fin is the vertical fin on the back of a fish and certain marine mammals"

DORSAL is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abaxial
 Antonyms: adaxial, ventral



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dor"sal\, a. [F. dorsal, LL. dorsalis, fr. L. dorsualis,
    fr. dorsum back; cf. Gr. ?, ?, mountain ridge. Cf. {Dorse},
    {Dorsel}, {Dosel}.]
    1. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or situated near, the back, or
       dorsum, of an animal or of one of its parts; notal;
       tergal; neural; as, the dorsal fin of a fish; the dorsal
       artery of the tongue; -- opposed to {ventral}.
    2. (Bot.)
       (a) Pertaining to the surface naturally inferior, as of a
       (b) Pertaining to the surface naturally superior, as of a
           creeping hepatic moss.
    {Dorsal vessel} (Zo["o]l.), a central pulsating blood vessel
       along the back of insects, acting as a heart.
  2. \Dor"sal\, n. [LL. dorsale, neut. fr. dorsalis. See
    {Dorsal}, a.] (Fine Arts)
    A hanging, usually of rich stuff, at the back of a throne, or
    of an altar, or in any similar position.
Biology Dictionary
  1. In animals, refers to their "back."
  2. In plants, refers to a lateral organ which faces away from the main stem.
Compare ventral.
 Definition: toward the top or back of an animal.
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