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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
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It's not too difficult to tell the two species apart: the Grevy's is larger than the plains zebra, with narrower stripes, distinctive round ears, a black dorsal stripe and a white belly.The key difference between the two is the fact that the Grevy's zebra is one of the most endangered mammals on the planet.
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viridis exhibits (at least in the last four instars), a gleaming white dorsal stripe from the occiput toward or reaching the base of the supra-anal plate, various white lines and maculations on the margins and lateral fields of the of the pronotum, white diagonal bands on the meso- and metathorax, and white longitudinal carinae on the face of the hind femora (Fig.
cinereus (see Mitchell and Mazur, 1998): (1) the namesake red-backed phase in which the salamander exhibits a broad reddish to yellowish middorsal stripe, (2) the lead-backed phase wherein the aforementioned dorsal stripe is absent, (3) the erythristic phase wherein the salamander is uniformly red, lacking the lateral black pigment (Tilley et al., 1982), and (4) the leucistic phase wherein the skin coloration of the salamander appears milky.
They are black and dark brown, with no dorsal stripe. Today, the breed is in critical need of quality stewards.

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