[po-steer-ee-er, poh-] /pɒˈstɪər i ər, poʊ-/
situated behind or at the rear of; hinder (opposed to ).
coming after in order, as in a series.
coming after in time; later; subsequent (sometimes followed by to).
Botany. toward the back and near the main axis, as the upper lip of a flower.
the hinder parts or rump of the body; buttocks.
situated at the back of or behind something
coming after or following another in a series
coming after in time
(zoology) (of animals) of or near the hind end
(botany) (of a flower) situated nearest to the main stem
(anatomy) dorsal or towards the spine
the buttocks; rump
(statistics) a posterior probability
1530s, “later,” from Latin posterior “after, later, behind,” comparative of posterus “coming after, subsequent,” from post “after” (see post-). Meaning “situated behind” is from 1630s.
“buttocks,” euphemistic, 1610s, from posterior (adj.). Earlier it meant “those who come after, posterity” (1530s). Cf. Lithuanian pasturas “the last, the hindmost,” from pas “at, by.”
posterior pos·te·ri·or (pŏ-stēr’ē-ər, pō-)
- Posterior ampullar nerve
posterior ampullar nerve n. A branch of the vestibular part of the eighth cranial nerve that supplies the ampullary crest of the posterior semicircular duct of the ear.
- Posterior asynclitism
posterior asynclitism n. See Litzmann obliquity.
- Posterior auricular nerve
posterior auricular nerve n. A branch of the facial nerve, which supplies the posterior auricular and intrinsic muscles of the auricle and, through its occipital branch, innervates the occipital belly of the occipitofrontal muscle.
- Posterior auricular vein
posterior auricular vein n. A tributary to the external jugular vein, draining the region behind the ear.