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Meaning of ANTERIOR

Pronunciation:  an'teereeur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a tooth situated at the front of the mouth; "his malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors"
  2. [adj]  earlier in time
  3. [adj]  (zoology) of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body

ANTERIOR is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: antecedent, fore(a), front tooth, front(a), frontal, preceding, prefrontal, prior(a)
 Antonyms: posterior
 See Also: bucktooth, tooth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An*te"ri*or\, a. [L. anterior, comp. of ante before.]
1. Before in time; antecedent.

         Antigonus, who was anterior to Polybius. --Sir G. C.

2. Before, or toward the front, in place; as, the anterior
   part of the mouth; -- opposed to posterior.

Note: In comparative anatomy, anterior often signifies at or
      toward the head, cephalic; and in human anatomy it is
      often used for ventral.

Syn: Antecedent; previous; precedent; preceding; former;

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: In front, or towards the front.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Of floral organs, on the side of the flower farthest from the axis. Compare posterior.
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