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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pos-ter'e-or


  1. human anatomy denoting the back surface of the body. Often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, nearer the back of the body.
  2. After, in relation to time or space.
  3. veterinary anatomy limited to structures of the eye and ear. The word is otherwise ambiguous with respect to the anatomy of quadrupeds; caudal is preferred.

Synonym(s): dorsalisTA, dorsal2, posticus

[L. comparative of posterus, following]

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