• IPA: /ænˈtɪəriə(r)/

anterior (not comparable)

  1. Before in place.
  2. Before or earlier in time; prior to; preceding.
    • 1859, John Stuart Mill, On Liberty:
      anterior to the time when mankind have become capable of being improved by free and equal discussion.
  3. (anatomy) Nearer the forward end; nearer the head of an animal or the front of a human.
    • 2013, Carole Hollins, Questions and Answers for Dental Nurses (page 44)
      Transillumination of anterior teeth, using the composite curing light placed labially to shine through the tooth and be viewed using the mouth mirror, shows up any cavities as dark interproximal shadows.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: anterior
  • Russian: предше́ствующий

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