Simple Definition of anterior
: near or toward the front of something (such as the body)
Full Definition of anterior
1 a : situated before or toward the front b : situated near or toward the head or part most nearly corresponding to a head
2 : coming before in time or development
Examples of anterior in a sentence
the anterior part of the brain
<the anterior chamber of the eye is bounded in front by the cornea>
Did You Know?
Anterior generally appears in either medical or scholarly contexts. Anatomy books refer to the anterior lobe of the brain, the anterior cerebral artery, the anterior facial vein, etc. Scholar and lawyers may use anterior to mean "earlier in time or order". For example, supporters of states' rights point out that the individual states enjoyed certain rights anterior to their joining the union. And prenuptial agreements are designed to protect the assets that one or both parties acquired anterior to the marriage.
Origin and Etymology of anterior
Latin, comparative of ante before — more at ante-
First Known Use: 1541
Synonym Discussion of anterior
Medical Definition of anterior
1: relating to or situated near or toward the head or toward the part in headless animals most nearly corresponding to the head
2: situated toward the front of the body : ventral—used in human anatomy because of the upright posture of humans
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