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Meaning of Anterior

Anterior is an anatomical direction term used in medical, anatomy, and kinesiology studies to refer to where parts of the body are located. The following video provides a quick explanation of the term that can be useful for fitness trainers or other professionals needing to understand this anatomic reference term.

Anterior, in reference to the anatomical position, means the front of the body, or in front of another structure of the body.


The pectoralis major is anterior to the scapula.

The quadriceps is located on the anterior part of the thigh, and it is anterior to the femur.


The opposite of anterior is posterior.

Related Terms

Anterior is a core anatomic reference term from which other terms are built:


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