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  • adv. Towards the dorsal side

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. On, or toward, the dorsum, or back; on the dorsal side of; dorsad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a dorsal situation; on the back; by the back.
  • In a dorsal direction; toward the back; dorsad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a dorsal location or direction


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  • Strongly compressed laterally and projecting dorsally from the skull roof to a height similar to that of the cranium itself, it must have had an important function, but we aren’t too sure what that was.

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  • The adult plumage of penguins is blue-black or gray dorsally (back) and white ventrally (front).


  • Their bodies are completely enclosed in a calcified, bivalved carapace which is hinged dorsally.


  • Insects have a ventral nerve cord and a dorsally located heart which pumps blood through an open circulation system.


  • The brood chamber is located dorsally in the carapace and is used to hold the eggs until they hatch.


  • They have a ventral nerve cord and a dorsally located heart which pumps blood through an open circulation system.

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  • These include dorsally migrated scapulae, a broad thorax, laterally directed humeral glenoids, an increased number of sacral vertebrae, a reduced/absent tail and less fasciculated back musculature.

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  • It has sparse or absent body hair, a nearly hairless tail tuft, and long, relatively thick upper canines that emerge vertically, converge slightly and curl dorsally in a circle.

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  • Also in contrast to those of suids, both canines in peccaries are vertically implanted: in suids the upper canine exits the maxilla anterolaterally, and then curves dorsally.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • They're about where you'd expect them to be, but they're nestled up dorsally against the ribs and vertebrae, and they're surprisingly small.

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