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for Dorsal vessel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Dorsal \Dor"sal\, a. [F. dorsal, LL. dorsalis, fr. L. dorsualis,
fr. dorsum back; cf. Gr. ?, ?, mountain ridge. Cf. Dorse,
1. (Anat.) Pertaining to, or situated near, the back, or
dorsum, of an animal or of one of its parts; notal;
tergal; neural; as, the dorsal fin of a fish; the dorsal
artery of the tongue; -- opposed to ventral.
(a) Pertaining to the surface naturally inferior, as of a
(b) Pertaining to the surface naturally superior, as of a
creeping hepatic moss.
Dorsal vessel (Zool.), a central pulsating blood vessel
along the back of insects, acting as a heart.
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