Hypertext Webster Gateway: "anterior"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Anterior \An*te"ri*or\, a. [L. anterior, comp. of ante before.]
1. Before in time; antecedent.

Antigonus, who was anterior to Polybius. --Sir G. C.

2. Before, or toward the front, in place; as, the anterior
part of the mouth; -- opposed to posterior.

Note: In comparative anatomy, anterior often signifies at or
toward the head, cephalic; and in human anatomy it is
often used for ventral.

Syn: Antecedent; previous; precedent; preceding; former;

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (zoology) of or near the head end or toward the front plane
of the body [ant: {posterior}]
2: earlier in time [syn: {prior(a)}]
n : a tooth situated at the front of the mouth; "his
malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors" [syn: {front

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