[in-feer-ee-er] /ɪnˈfɪər i ər/
lower in station, rank, degree, or grade (often followed by to):
a rank inferior to colonel.
lower in place or position; closer to the bottom or base:
descending into the inferior regions of the earth.
of comparatively low grade; poor in quality; substandard:
an inferior product.
less important, valuable, or worthy:
B+ bonds are inferior to AAA bonds.
acting or performing in a way that is comparatively poor or mediocre:
an inferior observer of human nature.
Astronomy. lying below the horizon:
the inferior part of a meridian.
Printing. written or printed low on a line of text, as the “2” in H 2 O; subscript.
Compare (def 10).
a person inferior to another or others, as in rank or merit.
Also called subscript. Printing. a letter, number, or symbol written or printed low on a line of text.
Compare (def 12).
lower in value or quality
lower in rank, position, or status; subordinate
not of the best; mediocre; commonplace
lower in position; situated beneath
(of a plant ovary) enclosed by and fused with the receptacle so that it is situated below the other floral parts
(printing) (of a character) printed at the foot of an ordinary character, as the 2 in H2O
an inferior person
(printing) an inferior character
early 15c., of land, “low, lower,” from Latin inferior “lower, further down” (also used figuratively), comparative of inferus (adj.) “that is below or beneath,” from infra “below” (see infra-). Meaning “lower in degree, rank, or importance” is from 1530s; also in an absolute sense, “of low quality or rank.”
“person inferior to another in rank, etc.,” early 15c., from inferior (adj.).
inferior in·fe·ri·or (ĭn-fēr’ē-ər)
in·fe’ri·or’i·ty (-ôr’ĭ-tē) n.
- Inferior medullary velum
inferior medullary velum n. A thin sheet of white matter attached along the peduncle of the flocculus and to the nodulus of the vermis.
- Inferior mesenteric lymph node
inferior mesenteric lymph node n. Any of the nodes along the inferior mesenteric artery and its branches that drain the upper part of the rectum, the sigmoid colon, and the descending colon.
- Inferior mesenteric plexus
inferior mesenteric plexus n. An autonomic plexus that is derived from the aortic plexus, surrounds the inferior mesenteric artery, and branches to the descending colon, sigmoid, and rectum.
- Inferior mesenteric vein
inferior mesenteric vein n. A vein that is the continuation of the superior rectal vein at the brim of the pelvis, ascends to the left of the aorta behind the peritoneum, and empties into the splenic vein or into the superior mesenteric vein.
- Inferior oblique muscle
inferior oblique muscle n. A muscle with origin from the orbital plate of the maxilla, with insertion into the sclera between the superior and lateral rectus muscles, with nerve supply from the oculomotor nerve, and whose action directs the pupil of the eye upward and outward.