- situated behind or at the rear of; hinder (opposed to anterior).
- coming after in order, as in a series.
- coming after in time; later; subsequent (sometimes followed by to).
- Anatomy, Zoology.
- (in quadrupeds) pertaining to or toward the rear or caudal end of the body.
- (in humans and other primates) pertaining to or toward the back plane of the body, equivalent to the dorsal surface of quadrupeds.
- Botany. toward the back and near the main axis, as the upper lip of a flower.
- the hinder parts or rump of the body; buttocks.
Origin of posterior
Examples from the Web for posterior
The posterior metaphor clicked, and she began rapping about being “no size 2.”‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
I generally remember school physical education, PE, as a being a pain in the posterior.The Financial Case for Dodgeball: Why America Needs Gym Class
April 28, 2014
As one story goes, Bianca Jagger, impressed, once made a plaster cast of Mara's posterior.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
The Cistudo enlarges the cavity with the help of its posterior legs.The Industries of Animals
Occipital margin: in Mallophaga, the posterior margin of the head.
Pleopoda: abdominal legs of larva: posterior legs of an adult.
His subjects paid their respects to him, kissing his posterior face.The Necessity of Atheism
Dr. D.M. Brooks
The soft-palate is a structure which hangs from the posterior edge of the hard-palate.The Child-Voice in Singing
Francis E. Howard
- situated at the back of or behind something
- coming after or following another in a series
- coming after in time
- zoology (of animals) of or near the hind end
- botany (of a flower) situated nearest to the main stem
- anatomy dorsal or towards the spine
- the buttocks; rump
- statistics a posterior probability
Word Origin and History for posterior
1530s, "later," from Latin posterior "after, later, behind," comparative of posterus "coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-). Meaning "situated behind" is from 1630s.
"buttocks," euphemistic, 1610s, from posterior (adj.). Earlier it meant "those who come after, posterity" (1530s). Cf. Lithuanian pasturas "the last, the hindmost," from pas "at, by."
- Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure.
- Relating to the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the dorsal side in humans.
- Near the tail or caudal end of certain embryos.