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
Latin, comparative of ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anterior, comparative of ante ("forward, before") (Wiktionary)