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Meaning of POSTERIOR

Pronunciation:  pâ'steereeur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a tooth situated at the back of the mouth
  2. [n]  the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  3. [adj]  (zoology) at or near the hind end in quadrupeds or toward the spine in primates

POSTERIOR is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: arse, ass, back tooth, back(a), backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, caudal, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hind(a), hinder(a), hindquarters, keister, nates, prat, rear, rear end, retral, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
 Antonyms: anterior
 See Also: body, body part, tooth, torso, trunk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pos*te"ri*or\ (p[o^]s*t[=e]"r[i^]*[~e]r), a. [L.
posterior, compar. of posterus coming after, from post after.
See {Post-}.]
1. Later in time; hence, later in the order of proceeding or
   moving; coming after; -- opposed to {prior}.

         Hesiod was posterior to Homer.        --Broome.

2. Situated behind; hinder; -- opposed to {anterior}.

3. (Anat.) At or toward the caudal extremity; caudal; -- in
   human anatomy often used for {dorsal}.

4. (Bot.) On the side next the axis of inflorescence; -- said
   of an axillary flower. --Gray.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Towards or at the back of.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The rear end of something.
  2. Of floral parts, on the side of the flower nearest to the main stem. Compare anterior.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aft, after, aftermost, afterpart, afterpiece, appendant, arse, ass, attendant, back, back door, back seat, back side, backside, backward, behind, bottom, breech, bum, butt, buttocks, cadet, consecutive, consequent, croup, crupper, derriere, ensuing, flack, following, haunches, heel, hind, hind end, hind part, hinder, hindermost, hindhand, hindhead, hindmost, junior, later, latter, lineal, nates, next, occiput, postern, postpositional, postpositive, proximate, puisne, rear, rear end, rearmost, rearward, retral, retrograde, reverse, rump, seat, sequacious, sequent, sequential, stern, subsequent, succeeding, successive, suffixed, tail, tail end, tailpiece, tuchis, younger