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frontal

[ fruhn-tl ]
/ ˈfrʌn tl /
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adjective
of, in, or at the front: a frontal view; frontal attack.
Anatomy.
  1. of, relating to, or situated near the forehead or the frontal bone.
  2. coronal (def. 4c).
Meteorology. of or relating to the division between dissimilar air masses: frontal zone; frontal surface.
Fine Arts.
  1. exhibiting frontality.
  2. parallel to the surface in the pictorial arts or seen from the front view in sculpture: the frontal plane.
noun
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Origin of frontal

1275–1325; <Late Latin frontālis (New Latin, in anatomy sense); replacing Middle English frountel<Old French frontel.See front, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for frontal

frontal
/ (ˈfrʌntəl) /

adjective
of, at, or in the front
of or relating to the foreheadfrontal artery
of or relating to the anterior part of a body or organ
meteorol of, relating to, or resulting from a front or its passagefrontal rainfall
noun

Derived forms of frontal

frontally, adverb

Word Origin for frontal

C14 (in the sense: adornment for forehead, altar cloth): via Old French frontel, from Latin frontālia (pl) ornament worn on forehead, frontellum altar cloth, both from frōns forehead, front
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Medical definitions for frontal

frontal
[ frŭntl ]

adj.
Of, relating to, directed toward, or situated at the front.
Of or relating to the forehead or frontal bone.
Of or relating to the frontal plane.
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