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1. Low or lower in order, degree, or rank: Captain is an inferior rank to major.
a. Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation: inferior craft; felt inferior to his older sibling.
b. Second-rate; poor: an inferior translation.
3. Situated under or beneath.
4. Botany Located below the perianth and other floral parts. Used of an ovary.
5. Anatomy Located beneath or directed downward.
6. Printing Set below the normal line of type; subscript.
7. Astronomy
a. Orbiting between Earth and the sun: Mercury is an inferior planet.
b. Lying below the horizon.
1. A person lower in rank, status, or accomplishment than another.
2. Printing An inferior character, such as the number 2 in CO2.

[Middle English, from Latin īnferior, comparative of īnferus, low; see n̥dher- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fe′ri·or′i·ty (-ôr′ĭ-tē, -ŏr′-) n.
in·fe′ri·or·ly adv.
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Inferiorly, it was bulging into the right parapharyngeal space.
The nasal valve ends inferiorly at the nasal floor; the head of the inferior turbinate forms the posterior limit of the nasal valve and it includes the area between the caudal end of the upper lateral cartilages and the superior septum, forming an angle of 10-15 degrees.
Sinn et al reported that impacted and submerged third molar decreases the amount of sup- port and weaken the angle of the mandible for the fracture to occur along the socket of the impacted tooth and extends inferiorly through the mandibular angle, that is why angle is involved in 35% of the total maxillofacial injuries.
The collection displaced the bowel to the left and inferiorly, and the liver superiorly.
During the dissection of Calot's triangle, the cystic duct was seen to disappear behind a 'blue' tubular structure that was traced inferiorly and seen to run anterior to the first part of the duodenum and then disappear into the retroperitoneum.
Once the anterior longitudinal ligament is identified, the presacral peritoneal dissection can be extended inferiorly to the vagina.
Sinuses practically surround the orbits, the frontal sinuses above, the ethmoid sinuses medially, and the maxillary sinuses inferiorly.
Care is taken to leave a strut of bone inferiorly, which is composed of the floor of the bulla and anterior ethmoid cells.
The popliteal fossa was identified by the popliteal crease inferiorly, the semimembranosus and semitendinosus muscles medially and the biceps femoris muscle laterally.
different angles and amounts of the humeral osteotomy, different amounts of humeral retroversion, sit-on-top versus sit inside of humerus implants, inferior shifted placement of the glenoid, inferiorly tilted orientation of the glenoid, etc.
On intraoral examination, an oval shaped swelling was present in the lower right canine premolar region, extending anterio-posteriorly from the right canine to the second premlar, superiorly from the marginal gingiva to the vestibule inferiorly.