adjective an·te·ri·or \an-ˈtir-ē-ər\

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

Full Definition of ANTERIOR

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

Related to ANTERIOR

front, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)
aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward
See Synonym Discussion at preceding

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral


adjective an·te·ri·or \an-ˈtir-ē-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ANTERIOR

:  relating to or situated near or toward the head or toward the part in headless animals most nearly corresponding to the head
:  situated toward the front of the body :  ventral—used in human anatomy because of the upright posture of humans
an·te·ri·or·ly adverb


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