Anterior means "in front of" or "the front surface of."
It usually refers to the front side of the body. For example, your knee caps are on the anterior part of your body.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Anterior. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anterior. Accessed January 24, 2017.
Review Date 12/10/2016
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.