from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Placed before or in front.
- adj. Occurring before in time; earlier.
- adj. Anatomy Located near or toward the head in lower animals.
- adj. Anatomy Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
- adj. Anatomy Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.
- adj. Botany In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Before in place.
- adj. Before or earlier in time; prior to; preceding.
- adj. Nearer the forward end; nearer the head of an animal or the front of a human.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Before in time; antecedent.
- adj. Before, or toward the front, in place
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of place: fore; situated more to the front: the opposite of posterior.
- Of time: going before; preceding; antecedent; prior; earlier.
- In zoology and zootomy, nearer the head, as opposed to posterior; cephalal, as opposed to caudal; oral, as opposed to aboral: thus, the head is anterior to the neck, which is itself anterior to the trunk and tail.
- In human anatomy, situated in front, with respect to that side of the body on which is the face; ventral, as opposed to dorsal; hemal, as opposed to neural: as, the anterior pillars of the pharynx; the anterior walls of the belly; the anterior pillars of the spinal cord.
- In botany, in axillary inflorescence, noting the side most distant from the axis and nearest the subtending leaf or bract: as, the anterior side of a flower: otherwise called inferior or lower.
- Synonyms See previous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or near the head end or toward the front plane of a body
- adj. earlier in time
- n. a tooth situated at the front of the mouth
The term anterior pole is applied to the central point of the anterior curvature of the bulb, and that of posterior pole to the central point of its posterior curvature; a line joining the two poles forms the optic axis.
Surgeons perform neck surgery from the front or back, which they refer to as anterior and posterior approaches.
You have the knee and you have these ligaments around it called the anterior cruciate ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament.
The terms anterior or ventral, and posterior or dorsal, are employed to indicate the relation of parts to the front or back of the body or limbs, and the terms superior or cephalic, and inferior or caudal, to indicate the relative levels of different structures; structures nearer to or farther from the median plane are referred to as medial or lateral respectively.
Of the two crura the anterior is shorter and less curved than the posterior.
It forms the posterior boundary of the talocalcaneonavicular joint, and is sometimes described as the anterior interosseous ligament.
Is the foregoing family a branch of that of Herefordshire, now ennobled; or does it come down from one of the name anterior to the time when such earldom was made patent, viz. from Sir Richard Harley, 28 Edward I.: whose armorial bearings, according to one annalist, is mentioned as _Or, bend cotized sable_?
In cingulotomy, surgeons thread wires into an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate.
Researchers have fingered parts of the parietal and frontal lobes as well as a structure called the anterior cingulate as important for superior cognition.
Generally people with anxiety show high activity in a small brain area called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).
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