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anterior

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adjective an·te·ri·or \an-ˈtir-ē-ər\

Simple Definition of anterior

  • : near or toward the front of something (such as the body)

Full Definition of anterior

  1. 1 a :  situated before or toward the front b :  situated near or toward the head or part most nearly corresponding to a head

  2. 2 :  coming before in time or development

an·te·ri·or·ly adverb

Examples of anterior

  1. the anterior part of the brain

  2. <the anterior chamber of the eye is bounded in front by the cornea>



Origin of anterior

Latin, comparative of ante before — more at ante-


First Known Use: 1541

Synonym Discussion of anterior

preceding, antecedent, foregoing, previous, prior, former, anterior mean being before. preceding usually implies being immediately before in time or in place <the preceding sentence>. antecedent applies to order in time and may suggest a causal relation <conditions antecedent to the revolution>. foregoing applies chiefly to statements <the foregoing remarks>. previous and prior imply existing or occurring earlier, but prior often adds an implication of greater importance <a child from a previous marriage> <a prior obligation>. former implies always a definite comparison or contrast with something that is latter <the former name of the company>. anterior applies to position before or ahead of usually in space, sometimes in time or order <the anterior lobe of the brain>.

Rhymes with anterior


Medical Dictionary

anterior

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adjective an·te·ri·or \an-ˈtir-ē-ər\

Medical Definition of anterior

  1. 1:  relating to or situated near or toward the head or toward the part in headless animals most nearly corresponding to the head

  2. 2:  situated toward the front of the body :  ventral—used in human anatomy because of the upright posture of humans

  3. an·te·ri·or·ly adverb





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