Pos*te"ri*or (?), a. [L. posterior, compar. of posterus coming after, from post after. See Post-.]


Later in time; hence, later in the order of proceeding or moving; coming after; -- opposed to prior.

Hesiod was posterior to Homer. Broome.


Situated behind; hinder; -- opposed to anterior.

3. Anat.

At or toward the caudal extremity; caudal; -- in human anatomy often used for dorsal.

4. Bot.

On the side next the axis of inflorescence; -- said of an axillary flower.



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