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Updated September 13, 2009

Vitruvian Man Image by Leonardo DaVinci in Anatomical Position

Leonardo DaVinci's Vitruvian Man In Anatomical Position

Sketch by Leonardo DaVinci
Definition: Anterior refers to the front of the human body, when used to describe anatomy. The opposite of anterior is posterior, meaning the back of the human body. Anterior is typically used in combination with other words that describe the location of a body part. For example, the belly button may be described as anterior, mid abdominal, meaning it is located on the front of the body in the middle of the abdomen. Anterior, it is important to note, refers to the front of the body when in anatomical position. Anatomical position is shown in the picture of the Vitruvian man. In proper anatomical position, the palm of the hand is the anterior side.
Pronunciation: ann-tier-ee-yor
Also Known As: anatomical position, anterior posterior,
Common Misspellings: anteriur, anteryor, antarior, antearior, annterior, anteerior,
Examples:
Anterior refers to the front of the body, so the face and abdomen are considered anterior body parts.
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