|a.||1.||(Anat.) Pertaining to, or situated near, the back, or dorsum, of an animal or of one of its parts; notal; tergal; neural; |
|2.||(Bot.) Pertaining to the surface naturally inferior, as of a leaf.|
|n.||1.||(Fine Arts) A hanging, usually of rich stuff, at the back of a throne, or of an altar, or in any similar position.|
|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 organism; "the abaxial surface of a leaf is the underside or side facing away from the stem"|