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directed toward or situated at the back; opposite of anterior. Called also dorsal.
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1. human anatomy denoting the back surface of the body. Often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, that is, nearer the back of the body. Synonym(s): dorsalis [TA], dorsal (2) , posticus
2. After, in relation to time or space.
3. veterinary anatomy limited to structures of the eye and ear. The word is otherwise ambiguous with respect to the anatomy of quadrupeds; caudal is preferred.
[L. comparative of posterus, following]
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(pŏ-stîr′ē-ər, pō-)
1. Located behind a part or toward the rear of a structure.
2. Relating to the caudal end of the body in quadrupeds or the back of the body in humans and other primates.
3. Botany Next to or facing the main stem or axis.
4. Coming after in order; following.
5. Following in time; subsequent.
The buttocks.

pos·te′ri·or·ly adv.
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noun A euphemism for the buttocks.
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1. After, in relation to time or space.
2. human anatomy Denoting the back surface of the body. Often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, i.e., nearer the back of the body.
Synonym(s): dorsal (2) .
3. Near the tail or caudal end of certain embryos.
4. A substitute for caudal in quadrupeds; in veterinary anatomy, posterior is used only to denote some structures of the head.
[L. comparative of posterus, following]
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Pertaining to the back of the body or a part. Dorsal. Compare ANTERIOR.
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1. After, in relation to time or space.
2. human anatomy denoting the back surface of the body. Often used to indicate the position of one structure relative to another, i.e., nearer the back of the body.
Synonym(s): dorsal (2) .
[L. comparative of posterus, following]
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Q. I have been having chronic pain in sinus area and behind my eyes, been to ENT who states it is not infection? I wake up with the pain and go to sleep in severe pain. Its all day and all night. Dr insists that its migraine related and allergy related. I have chronic postnasal drainage. It started 4 months ago when I moved into our new house. The pain makes me extremely fatigue and dizzy at times. I have been referred to the eye doctor, a headache specialist and an allergy specialist. Just recently I have had a CT scan and an MRI, as well as xrays of my sinus. Nothing other than a deviated septum and possible allergies from an ENT has been diagnosed. In the mean time I am waiting for the days to come when I can get into see these specialist. Anyone out there have any of the same symptoms?? Need help here. Soooooo sick of the pain.

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Q. info on arachnoid cyst in the right posterior fossa

A. Basically it's like a small sac filled with fluid. The problem is that the skull is a rigid closed space, which means that if there's something other than the brain, it'll occupy space, usually on expense of the brains' space. These kinds of problems are often referred to as "space occupying lesion".

It's usually congenital (i.e. develops during pregnancy), and even when it cause symptoms they develop slowly.

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Fixed Combination Brimonidine-Timolol Versus Brimonidine for Treatment of Intraocular Pressure Elevation After Neodymium:YAG Laser Posterior Capsulotomy.
Bimatoprost 0.03% versus brimonidine 0.2% in the prevention of intraocular pressure spike following neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser posterior capsulotomy.
A new technique for Nd:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy.
Deviation of teeth adjacent to edentulous space is present in the patients with loss of posterior teeth due do pathological migration of teeth, so early restoration of missing dentition is required.
Error Mean Deviation Male 10 1.22 0.33 0.10 Female 10 1.31 0.21 0.06 Gender Range t-value p-value Male -1.40-1.90 0.71 0.48 NS, p>0.05 Female -1.70-1.50 Table 5: Comparative Evaluation of curve of spee in dentate patients and partially dentate patients with missing posterior teeth in males N Mean Std.