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Anterior

Definition

Anterior means "in front of" or "the front surface of."

It usually refers to the front side of the body. For example, your knee caps are on the anterior part of your body.

Alternative Names

Ventral

Images

Anatomical landmarks, front view

References

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Anterior. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anterior. Accessed January 24, 2017.

Review Date: 
12/10/2016
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.