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[fruhn-tl] /ˈfrʌn tl/
of, in, or at the front:
a frontal view; frontal attack.
  1. of, relating to, or situated near the forehead or the frontal bone.
  2. coronal (def 4c).
Meteorology. of or relating to the division between dissimilar air masses:
frontal zone; frontal surface.
Fine Arts.
  1. exhibiting frontality.
  2. parallel to the surface in the pictorial arts or seen from the front view in sculpture:
    the frontal plane.
Ecclesiastical. a movable cover or hanging for the front of an altar.
frontlet (def 1).
Anatomy. any of several parts in the frontal region, especially the frontal bone.
Origin of frontal
1275-1325; < Late Latin frontālis (New Latin, in anatomy sense); replacing Middle English frountel < Old French frontel. See front, -al1
Related forms
frontally, adverb
interfrontal, adjective
subfrontal, adjective
subfrontally, adverb
transfrontal, adjective
transfrontally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frontal
  • By contrast, the frontal insula may play a more specific role in generating social.
  • It went though the frontal lobes of his brain and gave him the equivalent of a frontal lobotomy.
  • They also sport an additional pair of smaller frontal legs, which can be used to grab prey.
  • As you walk in, one approaches with an eyebrow raised and nose aloft to give you the benefit of full-frontal froggy nostril.
  • Lateral view of frontal, ethmoidal and maxillary sinus areas, the lateral portion of each having been removed by sagittal cuts.
  • The seniors activated several frontal brain regions that the others did not.
  • Each muscle is controlled by motor neurons that reside in the brain in the frontal lobe.
  • Ice builds up in flight on the frontal surfaces: leading edge of the wings, the nose and the tail surfaces.
  • The frontal and temporal lobes, which govern speech-no dedicated writing center is hardwired in the brain-may also figure in.
  • The amateur climber's brain had also suffered subcortical lesions in the frontal lobes.
British Dictionary definitions for frontal


of, at, or in the front
of or relating to the forehead: frontal artery
of or relating to the anterior part of a body or organ
(meteorol) of, relating to, or resulting from a front or its passage: frontal rainfall
a decorative hanging for the front of an altar
another name for frontlet (sense 1)
Derived Forms
frontally, adverb
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: adornment for forehead, altar cloth): via Old French frontel, from Latin frontālia (pl) ornament worn on forehead, frontellum altar cloth, both from frōns forehead, front
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Word Origin and History for frontal

1650s, of the forehead; 1971 with reference to the naked body; from Modern Latin frontalis, from front-, stem of frons "brow, forehead" (see front). Or in some cases probably from front (n.) + adjectival suffix -al (1).

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frontal in Medicine

frontal fron·tal (frŭn'tl)

  1. Of, relating to, directed toward, or situated at the front.

  2. Of or relating to the forehead or frontal bone.

  3. Of or relating to the frontal plane.

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Slang definitions & phrases for frontal


  1. Candid; direct; open: He's a very direct and forceful guy, a very frontal person
  2. Exhibiting the front view of the naked human body
Related Terms

full frontal

[1980s+; fr up front]

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