Anterior definition

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Coming before in time, order, or logic; previous; earlier.
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Placed before or in front.
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Occurring before in time; earlier.
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(anatomy) Nearer the forward end; nearer the head of an animal or the front of a human.
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(botany) In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.
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Located near or toward the head in lower animals.
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Anterior is defined as something that is put in front of something.

An example of a room that is in the anterior of the house is the foyer.

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The definition of anterior is something that happened before.

An example of an historical event that is anterior to now is World War I.

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Placed before or in front.
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Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
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Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.
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At or toward the front; forward; specif., ventral.
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(bot.) On the side away from the main stem.
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(botany) In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.
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Located near or toward the head in lower animals.
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Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
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Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.
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Occurring before in time; earlier.
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Origin of anterior

  • Latin comparative of ante before ant- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin anterior, comparative of ante (“forward, before”)

    From Wiktionary