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adjectiveBotany Zoology Anatomy
On or relating to the upper side or back of an animal, plant, or organ:‘a dorsal view of the body’Compare with ventral‘the dorsal aorta’
rear, hind, back, hinder, rearwardView synonyms
- ‘The waves continue coupled to a series of dorsal and ventral flexions of the whole body.’
- ‘At approximately the seventh week of gestation, the ventral and dorsal buds fuse.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Just outside each vertebra, the dorsal and ventral roots unite to form a spinal nerve on each side.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin dorsalis, from Latin dorsum back.
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