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frontal

[fruhn-tl] /ˈfrʌn tl/
adjective
1.
of, in, or at the front:
a frontal view; frontal attack.
2.
Anatomy.
  1. of, relating to, or situated near the forehead or the frontal bone.
  2. coronal (def 4c).
3.
Meteorology. of or relating to the division between dissimilar air masses:
frontal zone; frontal surface.
4.
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.
noun
5.
Ecclesiastical. a movable cover or hanging for the front of an altar.
6.
frontlet (def 1).
7.
Anatomy. any of several parts in the frontal region, especially the frontal bone.
Origin
1275-1325
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
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British Dictionary definitions for subfrontal

frontal

/ˈfrʌntəl/
adjective
1.
of, at, or in the front
2.
of or relating to the forehead: frontal artery
3.
of or relating to the anterior part of a body or organ
4.
(meteorol) of, relating to, or resulting from a front or its passage: frontal rainfall
noun
5.
a decorative hanging for the front of an altar
7.
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 subfrontal

frontal

adj.

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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subfrontal in Medicine

frontal fron·tal (frŭn'tl)
adj.

  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 subfrontal

frontal

adjective
  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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