Definition of anterior adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ænˈtɪəriə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ænˈtɪriər//
[only before noun] (specialist)
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(of a part of the body) at or near the front anterior and posterior ends of the embryo opposite posterior Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French antérieur or Latin anterior, comparative of ante ‘before’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: anterior