Definition of Posterior

1. Noun. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on. "Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"

2. Adjective. Located at or near or behind a part or near the end of a structure.
Attributes: Position, Spatial Relation
Similar to: Back, Hind, Hinder, Caudal, Retral
Also: Back
Antonyms: Anterior
Derivative terms: Posteriority

3. Noun. A tooth situated at the back of the mouth.
Exact synonyms: Back Tooth
Generic synonyms: Tooth

4. Adjective. Coming at a subsequent time or stage. "The mood posterior to"
Exact synonyms: Later, Ulterior
Similar to: Subsequent

Definition of Posterior

1. a. Later in time; hence, later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; -- opposed to prior.

Definition of Posterior

1. Adjective. Located behind, or towards the rear of an object. ¹

2. Adjective. Following in order or in time. ¹

3. Adjective. (anatomy) Nearer the back end; nearer the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the dorsal end in bipeds. ¹

4. Adjective. (botany) Next to, or facing the main stem or axis. ¹

5. Noun. (euphemistic) The buttocks. ¹

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Definition of Posterior

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Posterior

poster board
poster boy
poster child
poster children
poster color
poster colour
poster girl
poster paint
posterior auricular muscle
posterior cardinal vein
posterior cerebral artery
posterior chamber
posterior chambers
posterior facial vein
posterior meningeal artery
posterior naris
posterior pituitary
posterior pituitary gland
posterior probability
posterior serratus muscle
posterior synechia

Literary usage of Posterior

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"The posterior cau also be traced to the cortex of the cerebellum ( Flechsig). The anterior and posterior roots of the spinal nerves are attached along the ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The roof of the cavity is limited in front and behind by transverse bands of white matter, known respectively as the anterior and posterior commissures. ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"He discusses the salient clinical and pathological features of posterior basic meningitis as it is met witli in infants and the symptoms of the disease as ..."

4. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"The Termination in the Cord of the Fibers of the Posterior Root.—All sensory fibers from the limbs and trunk enter the cord through the posterior roots. ..."

5. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"Its posterior extremity is turned slightly laterally. SIDE OF THE NECK. On the fourth day after the body is brought into the room it is placed upon its back ..."

6. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"According as the degeneration affects the posterior funiculi more, or the lateral funiculi more, do the ataxic, or the spastic, symptoms, respectively, ..."

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