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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.
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1. in an anterior position
2. at a previous time, previously, beforehand
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interbody device market, which is estimated to be more than $1.2B, and extends its entire AMS portfolio to a global patient audience with significant market share in anteriorly placed TLIF implants.1 Furthermore, the system is designed to work seamlessly with the Company's MAS(R) TLIF and MAS Midline access systems allowing customization options to specific surgical techniques.
The retroperitoneum is a part of the abdominal cavity; surrounded anteriorly by the parietal peritoneum and posteriorly by the transversalis fascia (Figure 1) (1).
However, the abdominal US showed a voluminous (18x10cm) heterogeneous mass located in the epigastric region in front of the pancreas and pushing the left liver lobe anteriorly and laterally.
However, the abdominal ultrasound showed a voluminous (18Eu10 cm) heterogeneous mass located in the epigastric region in front of the pancreas and pushing the left liver lobe anteriorly and laterally.
On the other hand, the new species shows a particular shape of the cymbium: large, anteriorly convex, covering the bulb dorsally, and with an area devoid of setae.
Supraperiosteal scalp flaps were then anteriorly and posteriorly raised, allowing the pericranium and temporalis fascia to remain fixed.
During routine anatomical dissection of the supraclavicular and infraclavicular regions on the left side of an adult male cadaver at Department of Anatomy, Medical College, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, we observed a supernumerary muscle that was attached, anteriorly, to the first costal cartilage and ran posteriorly and laterally crossing over the brachial plexus and subclavian vessels to end inserted on the fascia of the posterior surface of the serratus anterior muscle between its first two digitations, about 15 mm medially to the suprascapular notch (coracoid notch).
The mass was located in the presacral area, displacing the rectum anteriorly; the inferior aspect extended posterior of the anal canal and the superior aspect extended to the presacral/precoccygeal region (Figure 1).
Brueelia Keler, 1936 (Ischnocera: Philopteridae): Head: Noncircumfasciate; somewhat triangular with anteriorly flat or concave to rounded, truncated posteriorly with smooth temples; hyaline margin engraved medially; ventral carina interrupted at median; antennae monomorphic or sexually dimorphic.
In a previous study [7], two out of thirty-seven (5.4%) cases had cephalic vein crossed anteriorly and above the lateral third of the clavicle and terminated in the neck by draining directly into the external jugular vein.
After the hernia content was reduced into the abdomen, the double-sided synthetic patch was placed over the defect and fixed to the levator ani muscle laterally, the vagina anteriorly, and the coccyx posteriorly with the 2/0 polyprolene sutures.