postero-, poster-

(Latin: after, behind, following; denoting relationship to the posterior or back part)

a posteriori
From effect to cause, from facts to generalizations, inductively [applied to reasoning].

A posteriori is a conclusion which is reached by examination and analysis of the specific facts, as happens in a science laboratory, where a person reasons from actual observation of data and comes to a conclusion from the observed facts. Contrasted with a priori.

Carpe diem (KAHR pey dee" uhm), quam minimum credula postero. (Latin proverb)
Translation: "Seize or take advantage of the day and place no trust in tomorrow."

"Enjoy the present moment and don't depend on there being a tomorrow." -Horace

A continuing traditional theme in lyric poetry, dating back at least to Koheleth's "Eat, drink, and be merry" (based on Ecclesiastes 8:15). The phrase carpe diem exemplifies the spirit of hedonism and Epicureanism, i.e., the enjoyment of the moment and recognition of the transient nature of life.

So, carpe diem came from ancient times until the present with the advice often and variously expressed as: "Enjoy yourself while you have the chance"; "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die"; "Make hay while the sun shines"; "Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think."

William Safire had a different attitude regarding carpe diem when he wrote: "Seize the day has come to mean ‘strike while the iron is hot.' No longer is carpe diem the what-the-hell attitude of the dwellers in the present; it has become the battle cry of the gutsy opportunist with an eye on the future."

Many famous poems develop this "live it up now" theme; such as , the following by Robert Herrick (1591-1674):

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
Carpe diem poster.


Seize the day and place no trust in tomorrow.
Culpam maiorum posteri luunt.
Descendants pay for the shortcomings of their ancestors.

Also interpreted to mean: "The sins of the fathers." Is it possible that what we say and do now may affect future generations?

dorsoposterior (adjective), more dorsoposterior, most dorsoposterior
Descriptive of the back of the fetus towards the back of the mother or an intrauterine position.
inferoposterior (adjective), more inferoposterior, most inferoposterior
Referring to that which is situated below and behind something.
mentoposterior (adjective), more mentoposterior, most mentoposterior
A reference to having the fetal (unborn child) facing towards the back of its mother's womb: The unborn baby had its mentoposterior or fetal chin turned to the backside of its mother's body while it was developing.
Toward the posterior surface of the body.
1. Situated in back of, or in the back part of, a structure.
2. The fleshy part of the human body that that a person sits on.
3. At or near the hind end in quadrupeds or toward the spine in primates.
4. In humans and other bipeds, towards the back surface of the body; also called, the dorsal.
5. In quadrupeds, a term sometimes used as a synonym for caudal.
posterior nares
The opening between the nasal cavity and the nasopharynx.
posterity (pahs TER uh tee) (s) (noun), (no plural)
1. All of someone's descendants or future generations: The courage and integrity as an army soldier during the war will be remembered by Tim's posterity.
2. Etymology: from Latin posteritas from posterus, "following, coming after" from post, "after".
Future descendants.
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From back to front, or from the posterior to the anterior surface; such as, the direction of a radiographic projection.
posteroclusion, posterior occlusion (s) (noun); posteroclusions, posterior occlusions (pl)
1. The most effective contact of the molar and bicuspid teeth of both jaws that allows for all the natural movements of the jaws which are essential to normal mastication and closure.
2. Malocclusion in which the mandibular arch is in a posterior (distal or remote) position in relation to the maxillary arch.
posteroinferior (adjective), more posteroinferior, most posteroinferior
Situated both in the behind and below: "The seminal vesicles are a pair of simple tubular glands which are posteroinferior to the urinary bladder of males."