Skip to Content


Pronunciation: an-tēr′ē-ōr


  1. In human anatomy, denoting the front surface of the body; often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, situated nearer the front part of the body.
  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.

Synonym(s): ventral2TA, ventralisTA


Disclaimer: This site is designed to offer information for general educational purposes only. The health information furnished on this site and the interactive responses are not intended to be professional advice and are not intended to replace personal consultation with a qualified physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. You must always seek the advice of a professional for questions related to a disease, disease symptoms, and appropriate therapeutic treatments.
© Copyright 2018 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.