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Extending along or having to do with the axis that connects the dorsal and ventral sides.

dor′so·ven′tral·ly adv.


1. (Zoology) relating to both the dorsal and ventral sides; extending from the back to the belly
2. (Botany) botany a variant spelling of dorsiventral
ˌdorsoˈventrally adv


(ˌdɔr soʊˈvɛn trəl)

1. Zool. pertaining to the dorsal and ventral aspects of the body; extending from the dorsal to the ventral side: the dorsoventral axis.
2. Bot. dorsiventral.
dor`so•ven•tral′i•ty, n.
dor`so•ven′tral•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.dorsoventral - extending from the back to the belly
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"
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Concerning preserved shape, most specimens preserved in dorsoventral view are slightly wider than most of those preserved with the cephalobranchial region in lateral view (compare Figs 2 and 3).
82) times height at fold origin; tapering evenly in dorsoventral view posterior to stinging spines; moderately compressed at end of stinging spines; damaged distally beyond folds in both types; prominent dorsal and ventral skin folds; compressed suboval in cross section above mid ventral fold, width 0.