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From Biology-Online Dictionary
(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)