Dorsal (anatomic orientation)
The back, as opposed to ventral. Some of the dorsal surfaces of the body are the back, buttocks, calves, and the knuckle side of the hand (palm is ventral). For a more complete listing of terms used in medicine for spatial orientation, please see the entry "Anatomic Orientation Terms."

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