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situated at or directed toward the front; opposite of posterior.

Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.



1. In human anatomy, denoting the front surface of the body; often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, that is, situated nearer the front part of the body. Synonym(s): ventral (2) [TA], ventralis [TA]

2. Near the head or rostral end of certain embryos.

3. In veterinary anatomy, limited to structures of the eye and ear. The word is otherwise ambiguous with respect to the anatomy of quadrupeds; cranial is preferred.

4. Before, in relation to time or space.


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1. Placed before or in front.

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