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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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Begin at the top of the manubrium at the jugular notch and palpate inferiorly until the angle of Louis is felt.
* Apply pressure with the thumb in an anterosuperior direction and inferiorly with the index/middle finger to the mid-shaft of the clavicle.
o ``He caught his left middle finger between the double straps that extended inferiorly from the acromion to the left breast, and in so doing, sustained a forced ulnar abduction rotatory injury of the proximal interphalangeal joint'' - Report in the British Journal of Plastic Surgery of a man who twisted his finger in a bra strap.
There are new areas of activation as follows: the posterior parietal region bilaterally, the precentral gyri in the midparietal region (this latter being distinct from the precentral gyms activation at the vertex in the hard versus easy), and the anterolateral frontal cortices inferiorly.
students perform inferiorly to men on national board examinations and that this inferior performance cannot be explained by any discrepancy in academic performance prior to medical school admission.
E and F: The mucocele is removed with a microdebrider from inferiorly to its attachment superiorly.
Inferiorly based flaps for lip repair have been described by, Denonvillers (1919), Blasius (1919), and Nelaton and Ombredanne (1919).
A non-contrast head CT was subsequently performed and demonstrated an area of extra-axial hyperdensity marginating the clivus and extending from the most inferiorly visualized aspect of the anterior foramen magnum cephalad towards the left and right cerebel-lopontine angle cisterns (Figures 1,2).
Humphrey automated visual fields (AVF) 24-2 showed no depression in the right eye and arcuate defects more prominent superiorly than inferiorly in the left eye.
This vascularity allows it to be either superiorly or inferiorly based.
The ultrasound probe was moved inferiorly, and the interface of normal lung was identified.
This kind of tumour, called a retroperitoneal sarcoma was compressing her left kidney, which had got displaced inferiorly and had rotated."