Dictionary > Anterior


(1) Situated before or in front; prior to.
(2) Near or toward the head or forward end of a quadruped animal.
(3) Toward the front plane of the body, especially of humans.
(4) Toward the cephalic end of an embryo.
Word origin: Latin anterior, comparative of ante (forward, before)

Related forms: anteriorly (adverb)
Compare: posterior
Related terms:

  • Anterior cranial fossa
  • Ascending anterior branch
  • Anterior part
  • Descending anterior branch
  • Anterior belly
  • Anterior surface
  • Anterior ampullar nerve
  • Anterior cranial base

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