1. Placed before or in front.
2. Occurring before in time; earlier.
a. Located near or toward the head in lower animals.
b. Located on or near the front of the body in higher animals.
c. Located on or near the front of an organ or on the ventral surface of the body in humans.
4. Botany In front of and facing away from the axis or stem.
[Latin, comparative of ante, before; see ant- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
an·te′ri·ori·ty (-ôrĭ-tē, -ŏr-) n.
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