an·te·ri·or /ænˈtɪrɪɚ/ 形容詞
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.
adj 1: 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