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an·te·ri·or

 (ăn-tîr′ē-ər)
adj.
1. Placed before or in front.
2. Occurring before in time; earlier.
3. Anatomy
a. Located near or toward the head in lower animals.
b. Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
c. Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.
4. Botany In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.

[Latin, comparative of ante, before; see ant- in Indo-European roots.]

an·te′ri·or′i·ty (-ôr′ĭ-tē, -ŏr′-) n.
an·te′ri·or·ly adv.

anterior

(ænˈtɪərɪə)
adj
1. situated at or towards the front
2. earlier in time
3. (Zoology) zoology of or near the head end
4. (Botany) botany (of part of a flower or leaf) situated farthest away from the main stem
[C17: from Latin, comparative of ante before]
anteriority n

an•te•ri•or

(ænˈtɪər i ər)

adj.
1. situated before or at the front of; fore (opposed to posterior).
2.
a. (in animals and embryos) pertaining to or toward the head or forward end of the body.
b. (in humans and other primates) pertaining to or toward the front plane of the body, equivalent to the ventral surface of quadrupeds.
3. preceding in time or sequence; earlier.
[1535–45; < Latin, comp. of ante before, after posterior]
an•te`ri•or′i•ty (-ˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-) n.
an•te′ri•or•ly, adv.

anterior

1. In front of; ventral.
2. Toward or at the front.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anterior - a tooth situated at the front of the mouthanterior - a tooth situated at the front of the mouth; "his malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors"
tooth - hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense
bucktooth - a large projecting front tooth
Adj.1.anterior - of or near the head end or toward the front plane of a body
front - relating to or located in the front; "the front lines"; "the front porch"
posterior - located at or near or behind a part or near the end of a structure
2.anterior - earlier in time
antecedent - preceding in time or order

anterior

adjective
1. front, forward, fore, frontward the left anterior descending artery
2. earlier, former, previous, prior, preceding, introductory, foregoing, antecedent memories of our anterior existences

anterior

adjective
Translations

anterior

[ænˈtɪərɪəʳ] ADJanterior (to a)

anterior

[ænˈtɪərɪər] adjantérieur(e)

anterior

adj
(= prior)früher (to als); to be anterior tovorangehen (+dat), → vorausgehen (+dat)
(Anat etc) → vordere(r, s); anterior brainVorderhirn nt

anterior

[ænˈtɪərɪəʳ] adj (frm) (position) → anteriore; (time) → precedente

an·te·ri·or

a. anterior, precedente; [body position] anterior o ventral; [time] previo-a.

anterior

adj anterior
References in classic literature ?
Kirby has remarked (and I have observed the same fact) that the anterior tarsi, or feet, of many male dung-feeding beetles are very often broken off; he examined seventeen specimens in his own collection, and not one had even a relic left.
The history of this branch of the English Constitution, anterior to the date of Magna Charta, is too obscure to yield instruction.
Really, I knew already the anterior part of this submarine boat, of which this is the exact division, starting from the ship's head: the dining-room, five yards long, separated from the library by a water-tight partition; the library, five yards long; the large drawing-room, ten yards long, separated from the Captain's room by a second water-tight partition; the said room, five yards in length; mine, two and a half yards; and, lastly a reservoir of air, seven and a half yards, that extended to the bows.
Luther's wedding-ring was shown me; also a fork belonging to a time anterior to our era, and an early bookjack.
For nature (as the physicians allege) having intended the superior anterior orifice only for the intromission of solids and liquids, and the inferior posterior for ejection, these artists ingeniously considering that in all diseases nature is forced out of her seat, therefore, to replace her in it, the body must be treated in a manner directly contrary, by interchanging the use of each orifice; forcing solids and liquids in at the anus, and making evacuations at the mouth.
At present, a large part of the vacant Western territory is, by cession at least, if not by any anterior right, the common property of the Union.
The latter, however, have no consciousness anterior to their physical births, and very little, indeed, for some time afterwards; whereas a different law prevails as respects us; our mental conformation being such as to enable us to refer our moral existence to a period that embraces the experience, reasoning and sentiments of several generations.
And again the archdeacon had protested, objecting that the ordinance of the legate, which dated back to 1207, was anterior by a hundred and twenty-seven years to the Black Book, and consequently was abrogated in fact by it.
They are certainly anterior to the formation of craters and circles, for several have introduced themselves by breaking through their circular ramparts.
Their structure is very simple: near the middle of the under or crawling surface there are two small transverse slits, from the anterior one of which a funnel- shaped and highly irritable mouth can be protruded.
The flood of memories brought back by this revival of an incident anterior to her troubles produced a momentary dismay lest, recognizing her also, he should by some means discover her story.
Damascus dates back anterior to the days of Abraham, and is the oldest city in the world.