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dor·sal

 (dôr′səl)
adj.
1. Anatomy Of, toward, on, in, or near the back or upper surface of an organ, part, or organism.
2. Botany Of or on the surface of an organ or part facing away from the axis; abaxial.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin dorsālis, from Latin dorsuālis, from dorsum, back.]

dor′sal·ly adv.

dorsal

(ˈdɔːsəl)
adj
1. (Anatomy) anatomy zoology relating to the back or spinal part of the body. Compare ventral1
2. (Botany) botany of, relating to, or situated on the side of an organ that is directed away from the axis
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) articulated with the back of the tongue, as the (k) sound in English coot
[C15: from Medieval Latin dorsālis, from Latin dorsum back]
ˈdorsally adv

dor•sal

(ˈdɔr səl)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or situated at the back, or dorsum.
2. situated on or toward the upper side of the body, equivalent to the back in humans.
3. Bot. abaxial.
n.
4. a dorsal structure.
[1535–45; < Medieval Latin dorsālis < Latin dors(um) back]
dor′sal•ly, adv.

dor·sal

(dôr′səl)
Of or on the back or upper surface of an animal: the dorsal fin of a fish.

dorsal

Relating to the back. Compare ventral
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dorsal - 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"
ventral - toward or on or near the belly (front of a primate or lower surface of a lower animal); "the ventral aspect of the human body"; "the liver is somewhat ventral in position"; "ventral (or pelvic) fins correspond to the hind limbs of a quadruped"
2.dorsal - facing away from the axis of an organ or organismdorsal - 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"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
Translations
ظَهْري
hřbetní
háti
bak-, baklægur
nugarõs
muguras-
sırtla ilgili

dorsal

[ˈdɔːsl]
A. ADJdorsal
B. CPD dorsal fin Naleta f dorsal

dorsal

[ˈdɔːrsəl] adj [fin] → dorsal(e)

dorsal

adjRücken-, dorsal (spec)
n (Phon) → Dorsal(laut) m

dorsal

[ˈdɔːsl] adjdorsale
dorsal fin → pinna dorsale

dorsal

(ˈdoːsəl) adjective
of the back. a shark's dorsal fin.

dorsal

adj dorsal
References in classic literature ?
He has a peculiar way of showing his dorsal hooked fin in swimming, which looks something like a Roman nose.
While crossing, I saw numerous whales belonging to the three kinds peculiar to the southern seas; the whale, or the English "right whale," which has no dorsal fin; the "humpback," with reeved chest and large, whitish fins, which, in spite of its name, do not form wings; and the fin-back, of a yellowish brown, the liveliest of all the cetacea.
Newman did not hear his voice, but perceived that he presented the dorsal expression of a well-dressed Englishman.
Great slate-colored backs and high serrated dorsal fins shot up with a fringe of silver, and then rolled down into the depths again.
Kidd could see the finger of the dial stand up dark against the sky like the dorsal fin of a shark and the vain moonlight clinging to that idle clock.
That evening he was within a feather-weight's turn of abandoning his road to the nearest station, and driving across that elevated dorsal line of South Wessex which divided him from his Tess's home.
Nor did he see the dorsal fin break surface and approach him from the rear.
But it is conceivable that the now utterly lost branchiae might have been gradually worked in by natural selection for some quite distinct purpose: in the same manner as, on the view entertained by some naturalists that the branchiae and dorsal scales of Annelids are homologous with the wings and wing-covers of insects, it is probable that organs which at a very ancient period served for respiration have been actually converted into organs of flight.
On each side of the lower surface, or foot, there is a broad membrane, which appears sometimes to act as a ventilator, in causing a current of water to flow over the dorsal branchiae or lungs.
Dorsal-fin spines XXII or XXIII (XXIII), rays 14-17 (16); anal-fin spines III, rays 8 or 9 (9); pectoral-fin un-branched rays 9-10 (10), branched rays 6-8 (8), total pectoral rays 16-18 (18); pelvic-fin spines 1; pelvic-fin rays 5; total caudal-fin rays 38-41 (39); dorsal segmented caudal rays 8; ventral segmented caudal rays 8; dorsal procurrent caudal rays 11-13 (12); ventral procurrent caudal rays 11-12 (11); total vertebrae 26, rarely 27; anterior gill rakers 28-35 (33); posterior gill rakers 21-26 (22); scales ctenoid; lateral line complete and pronounced, lateral-line pores 41-51 (45); scales in lateral series on midline 56-68 (62).
We were absolutely gobsmacked - as soon as I saw the dorsal fin and the tail I knew it was a large shark.
erdemi); hardly visible pygidium in dorsal view (pygidium clearly visible in dorsal view in D.