an·​te·​ri·​or | \ an-ˈtir-ē-ər How to pronounce anterior (audio) \

Definition of anterior

1a : situated before or toward the front an anterior ligament
b : situated near or toward the head or part most nearly corresponding to a head
2 : coming before in time or development labor problems anterior to the strike

Other Words from anterior

anteriorly adverb

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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

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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.

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the anterior part of the brain the anterior chamber of the eye is bounded in front by the cornea
Recent Examples on the Web Joe Burrow's left knee has been a point of concern after the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in 2020. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 27 July 2022 While seated, rotate slightly to one side to open up the anterior aspect of the chest. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 14 July 2022 The hoods have an opening at the anterior end, and there's a layer of water between the surface of the hoods' interior and the shrimp eyes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 And don’t forget all the museums that my right superior anterior temporal lobe feels guilty about never going to. Teddy Wayne, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 Then drop it down and then reach over and up with the same arm, creating the stretch for the anterior aspect of the hips. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 17 June 2022 Full hip extension is required in this move, but as Cavaliere explains, what frequently happens is that people go into an anterior tilt, where their hip bones are dropped and tilting forward. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 2 May 2022 After tearing her anterior cruciate knee ligament in the first away match during the Challenge Cup, Marta is out for the season. Austin David, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 Bueckers had suffered an anterior tibial plateau fracture and a lateral meniscus tear. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of anterior

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for anterior

Latin, comparative of ante before — more at ante-

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“Anterior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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an·​te·​ri·​or | \ an-ˈtir-ē-ər How to pronounce anterior (audio) \

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

Other Words from anterior

anteriorly adverb

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