frontal

[ fruhn-tl ]
/ ˈfrʌn tl /

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


Nearby words

  1. front-wheel drive,
  2. front.,
  3. frontad,
  4. frontage,
  5. frontage road,
  6. frontal area,
  7. frontal artery,
  8. frontal axis,
  9. frontal bone,
  10. frontal cortex

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 Formsfrontally, 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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Word Origin and History for frontal

frontal

adj.

1650s, of the forehead; 1971 with reference to the naked body; from Modern Latin frontalis, from front-, stem of frons "brow, forehead" (see front). Or in some cases probably from front (n.) + adjectival suffix -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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