dorsal dorsal  /ˈdɔr səl/


  1. (adj) belonging to or on or near the back or upper surface of an animal or organ or part
  2. (adj) facing away from the axis of an organ or organism


  1. The ventral roots send information to the muscle; the dorsal roots send information back to the spinal cord.
  2. From this specimen's conical-shaped snout and peculiar coloring gray dorsal area, white underside and the size of the beast clearly longer than his 5.
  3. She's so stridently castrating that Stu's climactic display of spine kind of like the chestbuster scene from Alien, only dorsal is a given from the get-go.


  • Teenage Fisherman Catches Monster Carp

    Almost every lake has a tale of a legendary fish. David Swanson, 16, has actually seen one in Lake Garda, a private lake on the Farmington-Burlington town line. After spotting its huge tail and dorsal fins poking out of the …
    on June 25, 2013     Source: FOX CT Hartford


  1. "But doing a dorsal block usually requires a pediatric urologist," Tendler adds, "so I recommend to mothers that they apply a 30 percent lidocaine ointment an hour before the bris [circumcision ceremony] to lessen the pain. It's important...
    on Oct 17, 2004 By: Moshe Tendler Source: EurekAlert (press release)

  2. Of facing sharks, Stroud says, "Look, I get it. You can rip me apart! I know that and you know that. I just want to touch your dorsal fin."
    on Jul 27, 2007 By: Les Stroud Source: Jamaica Gleaner

  3. As he gets close to it, Banks writes: "Toward the aft of the airship, where the hull narrowed slightly, four gigantic fins emerged, a dorsal fin and fin on either side and a keel-like fin from the belly, and as Jordan flew past them he saw the...
    on Feb 15, 2008 By: Russell Banks Source: Montreal Gazette

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