Anterior vs. Posterior

Anterior vs. Posterior — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Anterior and Posterior

Anterioradjective

Placed before or in front.

Posterioradjective

Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure.

Anterioradjective

Occurring before in time; earlier.

Posterioradjective

Relating to the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the back of the body in humans and other primates.

Anterioradjective

Located near or toward the head in lower animals.

Posterioradjective

(Botany) Next to or facing the main stem or axis.

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Anterioradjective

Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.

Posterioradjective

Coming after in order; following.

Anterioradjective

Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.

Posterioradjective

Following in time; subsequent.

Anterioradjective

(Botany) In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.

Posteriornoun

The buttocks.

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Anterioradjective

Before in place.

Posterioradjective

Located behind, or towards the rear of an object.

Anterioradjective

Before or earlier in time; prior to; preceding.

Posterioradjective

Following in order or in time.

Anterioradjective

(anatomy) Nearer the forward end; nearer the head of an animal or the front of a human.

Posterioradjective

(anatomy) Nearer the back end; nearer the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the dorsal end in bipeds.

Anteriornoun

a tooth situated at the front of the mouth;

his malocclusion was caused by malposed anteriors

Posterioradjective

(botany) Next to, or facing the main stem or axis.

Anterioradjective

of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body

Posteriornoun

(euphemistic) The buttocks.

Anterioradjective

earlier in time

Posteriornoun

the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on;

he deserves a good kick in the buttare you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?

Posteriornoun

a tooth situated at the back of the mouth

Posterioradjective

at or near the hind end in quadrupeds or toward the spine in primates