Posterior meaning

pŏ-stîrē-ər, pō-
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Posterior is defined as the buttocks.

An example of a posterior is a person's rear.

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The definition of posterior is later, following, after or at the rear.

An example of something posterior is the dorsal fin on a shark; a posterior fin.

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Relating to the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the back of the body in humans and other primates.
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Next to or facing the main stem or axis.
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Coming after in order; following.
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Following in time; subsequent.
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The buttocks.
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Later; following after; subsequent.
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Coming after in order; succeeding.
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At or toward the rear; behind; specif., dorsal.
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On the side next to the main stem.
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The buttocks.
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Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure.
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Relating to the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the back of the body in humans and other primates.
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Next to or facing the main stem or axis.
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Coming after in order; following.
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Following in time; subsequent.
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The buttocks.
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Located behind, or towards the rear of an object.
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Following in order or in time.
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(anatomy) Nearer the back end; nearer the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the dorsal end in bipeds.
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(botany) Next to, or facing the main stem or axis.
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(euphemistic) The buttocks.
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Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure.
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Origin of posterior

  • Latin comparative of posterus coming after from post afterward apo- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin posterior, comparative of posterus (“coming after").

    From Wiktionary