- (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.
Origin of posterior
Related formspos·te·ri·or·ly, adverb
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|Marlow Stern|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Mark McKinnon|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this second specimen the whole internal surface of the posterior cavity likewise differs to a certain extent in shape.
The left foot of the posterior biped is the one which commences the action.Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
The heart (fig. 224 ht) lies under the dorsal spine and is prolonged into an anterior, posterior, and dorsal aorta.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
Posterior to the closing of the real action of the history, the penning of it will naturally be to be placed.Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham
The posterior layer is of a deep purple tint, and is called u-ve´a, from its resemblance in color to a ripe grape.