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prosthesis

[pros-thee-sis for 1; pros-thuh-sis for 2] /prɒsˈθi sɪs for 1; ˈprɒs θə sɪs for 2/
noun, plural prostheses
[pros-thee-seez for 1;pros-thuh-seez for 2] /prɒsˈθi siz for 1;ˈprɒs θəˌsiz for 2/ (Show IPA)
1.
a device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.
2.
Grammar, Prosody. the addition of one or more sounds or syllables to a word or line of verse, especially at the beginning.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin < Greek prósthesis a putting to, addition, equivalent to prós to + thésis a placing; see thesis
Related forms
prosthetic
[pros-thet-ik] /prɒsˈθɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
prosthetically, adverb
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Examples from the web for prosthetic
  • Bizarre gait could aid design of prosthetic limbs.
  • The obturator is a prosthetic device made to fit the roof of the mouth covering the gap.
British Dictionary definitions for prosthetic

prosthesis

/ˈprɒsθɪsɪs; prɒsˈθiːsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
(surgery)
  1. the replacement of a missing bodily part with an artificial substitute
  2. an artificial part such as a limb, eye, or tooth
2.
(linguistics) another word for prothesis
Derived Forms
prosthetic (prɒsˈθɛtɪk) adjective
prosthetically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek: an addition, from prostithenai to add, from pros- towards + tithenai to place
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Word Origin and History for prosthetic
adj.

1837 in grammar; 1902 in the surgical sense, from Latinized form of Greek prosthetikos "disposed to add," from prosthetas "added," verbal adjective of prostithenai "to put to, add to" (see prosthesis). Related: Prosthetically.

prosthesis

n.

1550s, "addition of a letter or syllable to a word," from Late Latin, from Greek prosthesis "addition," from prostithenai "add to," from pros "to" + tithenai "to put, place" (see theme). Meaning "artificial body part" is first recorded c.1900, from earlier use to describe the medical art of making artificial limbs (1706), on notion of "that which is added to" the injured body.

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prosthetic in Medicine

prosthesis pros·the·sis (prŏs-thē'sĭs)
n. pl. pros·the·ses (-sēz)

  1. An artificial device used to replace a missing body part, such as a limb or a heart valve.

  2. Replacement of a missing body part with such a device.

prosthetic pros·thet·ic (prŏs-thět'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Serving as or relating to a prosthesis.

  2. Of or relating to prosthetics.

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prosthetic in Science
prosthesis
  (prŏs-thē'sĭs)   
Plural prostheses (prŏs-thē'sēz)
An artificial device used to replace a missing or defective body part, such as a limb or a heart valve.

prosthetic adjective (prŏs-thět'ĭk)
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