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[pros-thet-iks] /prɒsˈθɛt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
the branch of surgery or of dentistry that deals with the replacement of missing parts with artificial structures.
Compare prosthodontics.
the fabrication and fitting of prosthetic devices, especially artificial limbs.
Origin of prosthetics
1890-95; see prosthesis, -ics Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prosthetics
  • And any movie where the dinosaurs are played by caimans and iguanas with prosthetics.
  • The prosthetics, physical or musical, are meant to transform the product into what people think appeals to a crowd.
  • It can also have applications in human health and medicine, particularly in the area of prosthetics and cerebral palsy.
  • The study could aid the development of prosthetics that are brain-controlled.
  • Their goal is to avoid the downtime inherent in motor-powered prosthetics that must be recharged.
  • Exoskeletons, full-body prosthetics, will ultimately connect directly to the brain as well.
  • With advances in medicine, biology and even prosthetics, the broad gray line will only get wider and murkier.
  • With longer life spans, an aging population and the increasing demand for prosthetics, the hunt is on for more durable faux bones.
  • The findings also have implications for the development of neural prosthetics.
  • It could also give rise to cheap and versatile prosthetics.
British Dictionary definitions for prosthetics


(functioning as sing) the branch of surgery concerned with prosthesis
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Word Origin and History for prosthetics

1894, from prosthetic; also see -ics.

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prosthetics in Medicine

prosthetics pros·thet·ics (prŏs-thět'ĭks)
The branch of medicine or surgery that deals with the production and application of artificial body parts.

pros'the·tist (prŏs'thĭ-tĭst) n.
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