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(1) Situated before or in front; prior to.

(2) Near or toward the head or forward end of a quadruped animal.

(3) Toward the front plane of the body, especially of humans.

(4) Toward the cephalic end of an embryo.


Word origin: Latin anterior, comparative of ante (forward, before)
Related forms: anteriorly (adverb)

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