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anterior


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  Lewis. 
 
  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; 
  foregoing. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  anterior 
  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 
  tooth}] 




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