Definition of anterior
1a : situated before or toward the front an anterior ligamentb : 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
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
Recent Examples of anterior from the Web
In February 2007 with the Clippers, Livingston tore three major ligaments in his knee — the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral as well as his lateral meniscus, then required extensive surgery.
There were also 56 anterior cruciate ligament sprains, up 14.3 percent from last season.
Reaction: Activity in the anterior temporal cortex, entorhinal cortex, and occipital lobe resembling patterns associated with déjà vu and ennui.
The table’s motion mimics that of a ferris wheel, proceeding in a circle either along the anterior-posterior axis (head to toe), or from side to side.
The paralysis was accompanied by damage to the sheaths of the nerve fibres and by degeneration of the cells of the anterior horns of the spinal cord.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of anterior
Latin, comparative of ante before — more at ante-
First Known Use: 1541
Synonym Discussion of anterior
ANTERIOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anterior for English Language Learners
: near or toward the front of something (such as the body)
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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