1) describing or relating to the front (ventral) portion of the body or limbs.
2) describing the front part of any organ. For example, the anterior chamber of the eye is that part of the eye between the cornea and the lens, which is filled with aqueous humour.

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  • Anterior — An*te ri*or, a. [L. anterior, comp. of ante before.] 1. Before in time; antecedent. [1913 Webster] Antigonus, who was anterior to Polybius. Sir G. C. Lewis. [1913 Webster] 2. Before, or toward the front, in place; as, the anterior part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anterior — (A) 1. la parte delantera de una estructura. 2. relativo o perteneciente a una superficie o parte que está situada o dirigida hacia delante. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • Anterior — Die Lage und Richtungsbezeichnungen dienen in der Anatomie zur Beschreibung der Position (situs), der Lage (versio) und des Verlaufs einzelner Strukturen. Zum Teil sind diese Bezeichnungen auch Bestandteil anatomischer Namen. Während sich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • anterior — adj. [L. ante, before] 1. Before or toward the front. 2. Pertaining to the direction in which the head tends to point when an animal is active. 3. (MOLLUSCA: Gastropoda) In a crawling gastropod, pertaining to the head being closest to that part… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • anterior — anteriority /an tear ee awr i tee, or /, n. anteriorly, adv. /an tear ee euhr/, adj. 1. situated before or at the front of; fore (opposed to posterior). 2. going before in time or sequence; preceding; earlier: events anterior to the outbreak of… …   Universalium

  • anterior — 1. [NA] In human anatomy, denoting the front surface of the body; often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, i.e., situated nearer the front part of the body. SYN: ventral (2) [TA], ventralis [TA]. 2. Near the …   Medical dictionary

  • anterior — adjective Etymology: Latin, comparative of ante before more at ante Date: 1541 1. a. situated before or toward the front b. situated near or toward the head or part most nearly corresponding to a head 2. coming before in time or development… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anterior — in front; front (also used for towards the front end, strictly anteriad). Opposite of posterior …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • anterior — adjective a) Before in place. b) Before or earlier in time; prior to; preceding. Ant: posterior …   Wiktionary

  • anterior — Front end of organism head end. [Hobbs and Jass, 1988]. Of, pertaining to, or toward the front [Butler, T.H.] …   Crustacea glossary

  • Anterior corticospinal tract — seen in red at bottom center in figure (text tag found at upper left) …   Wikipedia

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