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Definition of "posterior" []

  • Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure. (adjective)
  • Relating to the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the dorsal side in humans and other primates. (adjective)
  • Botany Next to or facing the main stem or axis. (adjective)
  • Coming after in order; following. (adjective)
  • Following in time; subsequent. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "posterior" in a sentence
  • "Several of these anterior and posterior roots, situated at about the same height on opposite sides of the spinal cord, converge and combine into what are called the _anterior_ and _posterior bundles_; then two bundles, anterior and posterior, unite and form the trunk of a spinal nerve."
  • "To the recess behind the cervix the term posterior fornix is applied, while the smaller recesses in front and at the sides are called the anterior and lateral fornices."
  • "OWENS: Well, most likely what he is having is what we call a posterior fasa (ph) stroke."