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(1) Situated behind or toward the rear of.

(2) Near or toward the caudal end of an animal, especially quadruped.

(3) Toward the dorsal or back plane of the human body.

(4) Toward the tail or caudal end of an embryo.


Word origin: Latin posterior, comparative of posterus (coming after).
Related forms: posteriorly (adverb)

Compare: anterior

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Unidentified Non-Human Remain

... are some porous canals, which to me, resemble the morphology of the human inner auditory meatus. The opposite side of the bone, which is on the posterior of the bone (for purposes of identifying, it is not to suggest an orientation), is very smooth. The sharp point that appears on one end is ...

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by JeremiahRocker
Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Unidentified Non-Human Remain
Replies: 1
Views: 2191

Re: Which animal is this?

... ) if the markings on the side are V-shaped or a tobacco hornworm ( Manduca sexta ) if the marking are straight and whiteish. The horn is on the posterior of the insect. Cheers, Damian

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by dslivinski
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Which animal is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 3016

organs shape

... dAkt" ( Drosophila Akt protein kinase) "function, an essential component of the insulin signaling pathway, in either the anterior or the posterior compartment of the wing imaginal disc results in a severe reduction of the respective compartment. ... Recently, a novel signaling complex ...

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by animus
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: organs shape
Replies: 1
Views: 4588


... end of the snail. Umm, yeah. Did I say otherwise somewhere? :) Anyway, the animal has a barbed "tail" that is located in the wide/posterior end of the shell ("rear end", as I put it). The eyes and mouth parts an be seen in the narrow/anterior end of the snail, and that ...

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by biohazard
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Cone snail
Replies: 4
Views: 4847

Evolution of the Face and Head

... first-contact issues, makes sense (and putting the mouth there, but that's considered more secondary). You'll also see SOME concentrations on the posterior end, to deal with things coming up behind.

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by Darby
Thu May 10, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Evolution of the Face and Head
Replies: 4
Views: 4028
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