situated before or at the front of; fore (opposed to posterior).
going before in time or sequence; preceding; earlier: events anterior to the outbreak of war.
Linguistics. (in distinctive feature analysis) articulated in the region extending from the alveolar ridge to the lips; alveolar, dental, or labial.
(in animals and embryos) pertaining to or toward the head or forward end of the body.
(in humans) pertaining to or toward the front plane of the body, equivalent to the ventral surface of quadrupeds.
Botany. on the front side and away from the main axis, as the lower lip of a flower.
- an·te·ri·or·i·ty [an-teer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-], /ænˌtɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/, noun
- an·te·ri·or·ly, adverb
- non·an·te·ri·or, adjective
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How to use anterior in a sentence
The team saw nerve cells, or neurons, firing in the anterior cingulate cortex, an area important in human empathy and part of the brain region responsible for memory and cognition.Mice may ‘catch’ each other’s pain — and pain relief | Carolyn Wilke | January 12, 2021 | Science News
Prothorax two-thirds wider than long, sides parallel in basal half, convergent anteriorly.
The belly is creamy white anteriorly and vermillion red posteriorly.Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala | William E. Duellman
A cream-colored lateral stripe is on the third and fourth dorsal scale-rows anteriorly and the second and third rows posteriorly.Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala | William E. Duellman
Nostrils placed dorsolaterally and directed anteriorly, situated about midway between tip of snout and eye.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico | William E. Duellman
Specimens from the three mentioned localities have the dark nuchal spot bordered anteriorly by a pale blotch.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico | William E. Duellman
British Dictionary definitions for anterior
situated at or towards the front
earlier in time
zoology of or near the head end
botany (of part of a flower or leaf) situated farthest away from the main stem
- Compare posterior
- anteriority (ænˌtɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), noun
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