from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Botany Flattened and having distinct upper and lower surfaces, as most leaves do.
  • adj. Biology Extending from a dorsal to a ventral surface: dorsiventral muscles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. dorsoventral

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having distinct upper and lower surfaces, as most common leaves. The leaves of the iris are not dorsiventral.
  • adj. See Dorsoventral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy, same as dorsabdominal.
  • In botany, same as bifacial, 2.
  • Also dorsoventral.


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  • Having differentiated opposite faces or surfaces. (from Phrontistery)

    May 25, 2008