Definition of Dorsum

1. Noun. The posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine. "His back was nicely tanned"

Exact synonyms: Back
Terms within: Saddle, Small, Lat, Latissimus Dorsi, Dorsal Vertebra, Thoracic Vertebra, Lumbar Vertebra
Generic synonyms: Body Part
Group relationships: Body, Torso, Trunk
Derivative terms: Dorsal

2. Noun. The back of the body of a vertebrate or any analogous surface (as the upper or outer surface of an organ or appendage or part). "The dorsum of the foot"
Generic synonyms: Body Part
Derivative terms: Dorsal

Definition of Dorsum

1. n. The ridge of a hill.

Definition of Dorsum

1. Noun. (geology) ridge on a hill; Used by planetary geologists to refer to ridge on the surfaces of planet and moon. ¹

2. Noun. The back or dorsal region on an animal. ¹

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Definition of Dorsum

1. the back [n -SA]

Medical Definition of Dorsum

1. 1. The ridge of a hill. 2. The back or dorsal region of an animal; the upper side of an appendage or part; as, the dorsum of the tongue. Origin: L. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dorsum

dorsolateral fasciculus
dorsolateral plate of neural tube
dorsolateral tract
dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus
dorsomedial nucleus
dorsomedial nucleus of hypothalamus
dorsosacral position
dorsum (current term)
dorsum ephippii
dorsum linguae
dorsum manus
dorsum nasi
dorsum of foot
dorsum of hand
dorsum of nose
dorsum of tongue
dorsum pedis
dorsum pedis reflex
dorsum scapulae
dorsum sellae

Literary usage of Dorsum

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"ANTERIOR CRURAL REGION AND dorsum OF FOOT. The anterior crural region should be dissected first, and it is usual to conjoin with this the dissection of the ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1838)
"It thus seemed evident that the head of the humerus had escaped at the outer and lower part of the glenoid cavity, and was lodged on the dorsum scapula, ..."

3. Infections of the Hand: A Guide to the Surgical Treatment of Acute and by Allen Buckner Kanavel (1921)
"Cannula inserted into subcutaneous tissue of dorsum of hand and the mass injected with considerable force. The tip of the needle was superficial to the ..."

4. Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham (1903)
"ANTERIOR TIBIO-FIBULAR REGION—dorsum OF FOOT. The anterior tibio-fibular region ... The venous arch on the dorsum of the foot, which receives the digital ..."

5. A Practical treatise on fractures and dislocations by Frank Hastings Hamilton (1884)
"Boyer considers this dislocation as only secondary upon a dislocation upon the dorsum ilii; but it is very certain that it often occurs as a Fio. 337. ..."

6. Pregnancy, Labor, and the Puerperal State by Egbert Henry Grandin, George Wallace Jarman (1895)
"On palpating there will be a distinct sense of greater resistance along one side ,of the uterus than on the other, corresponding to the dorsum of the foetus ..."

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