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Pronunciation: dor'sal


  1. Pertaining to the back or any dorsum.
  2. In veterinary anatomy, pertaining to the back or upper surface of an animal. Often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another; nearer the back surface of the body.
  3. Old term meaning thoracic, in a limited sense; dorsal vertebrae.

Synonym(s): posterior1

Synonym(s): tergal

[Mediev. L. dorsalis, fr. dorsum, back]

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