ETYM Latin anterior, comp. of ante before.
1. Earlier in time; SYN. prior.
2. (Zoology) Of or near the head end or toward the front plane of the body.
Before in time; in front. In biology, the front of an organism, usually the part that goes forward first when the animal is moving. The anterior end of the nervous system, over the course of evolution, has developed into a brain with associated receptor organs able to detect stimuli including light and chemicals.
ETYM A compar. due to Old Eng. formest. Related to Foremost.
1. Referring to the first of two things or persons mentioned (or the earlier one or ones of several).
2. (Used especially of persons) Of to the immediate past; SYN. late, previous.
ETYM Latin prior former, previous, better, superior; compar. corresponding to primus first, and pro for. Related to Former, Prime, and Pre-, Pro-.
1. Earlier in time or order; previous.
2. Taking precedence (as in importance).
3. Former; antecedent; anterior; previous.
In the past, either in time immediately preceding or at any indefinite distance; of old; heretofore.