noun, plural protheses /-ˌsiz/ [-seez] Show IPA , for 2b, c, 3.
the addition of a sound
at the beginning of a word
, as in Spanish escala
“ladder” from Latin scala.
2. Eastern Church. a. Also called proskomide.
the preparation and preliminary oblation of the Eucharistic elements.
the table on which
this is done.
the part of the sanctuary or bema where this table stands.
(often initial capital letter) Greek Antiquity. a representation of a dead person lying in state.
Origin: 1665–75; Related forms
< Late Latin
< Greek próthesis
a putting before. See pro-2
prothetic /prəˈθɛtɪk/ [pruh-thet-ik] Show IPA , adjective