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1. Situated in the front; such as, on the front or forward part of an organ.
2. Etymology: from Latin, literally, "former", anter
, "front" or "before" + -ior
, "pertaining to, referring to".
The stomach is located anterior to (in front of) the pancreas.
Anterior is also used with reference to the ventral surface of the body and it is the opposite of posterior.
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With the abdomen forward [denoting a position of the fetus in utero].
anterior naris, external naris
Either of the two external openings of the nasal cavities.
anterior olfactory nucleus, nucleus olfactorius anterior
A nucleus located in the olfactory tract and prominent in microsmatic animals.
It receives input from the olfactory bulb and projects to the bulb, to other targets of olfactory fibers, and to its contralateral counterpart.
A primary division of a spinal nerve that supplies the lateral and ventral portions of the body wall, limbs, and perineum (the region of the abdomen surrounding the urogenital and anal openings).
Involving the structures of the iris and/or ciliary body, including iritis, cyclitis, and iridocyclitis.
camera anterior bulbi, anterior chamber of the eye, camera oculi major
The anterior portion of the anterior segment of the eyeball, situated between the cornea anteriorly and the lens and iris posteriorly.
It contains aqueous humor that drains through the iridocorneal angle at its periphery and communicates with the posterior chamber through the pupil.
norma frontalis, norma facialis, norma anterior (s) (noun) (no plural)
The outline of the skull as seen from the front: By examining the X-ray, the medical technician was able to study the norma frontalis and explain the visible injury on the front of Bill's head to the his doctor.
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The front, as opposed to the posterior; for example, the breastbone is part of the anterior surface of the chest.
A reference to the front assembly of the body.