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[pros-teyt] /ˈprɒs teɪt/ Anatomy
Also, prostatic
[pro-stat-ik] /prɒˈstæt ɪk/ (Show IPA)
. of or relating to the prostate gland.
Origin of prostate
1640-50; < New Latin prostata < Greek prostátēs one standing before. See pro-2, -stat
Related forms
postprostate, adjective
preprostatic, adjective
subprostatic, adjective
Can be confused
prone, prostate, prostrate, supine.
prostate, prostrate. Unabridged
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Also called prostate gland. a gland in male mammals that surrounds the neck of the bladder and urethra and secretes a liquid constituent of the semen
Also prostatic (prɒˈstætɪk). of or relating to the prostate gland See also PSA
Word Origin
C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek prostatēs something standing in front (of the bladder), from pro- in front + histanai to cause to stand
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Word Origin and History for prostatic



1640s, from Middle French prostate, from Medieval Latin prostata "the prostate," from Greek prostates (aden) "prostate (gland)," from prostates "leader, ruler, guardian; one standing in front," from proistanai "set before," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + histanai "cause to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). So called from its position at the base of the bladder.

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prostatic in Medicine

prostate pros·tate (prŏs'tāt')
The prostate gland. adj.
Of or relating to the prostate gland.

pro·stat'ic (prŏ-stāt'ĭk) adj.
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prostatic in Science
prostate gland
A gland in male mammals located at the base of the bladder. The prostate gland opens into the urethra and secretes a milky fluid that is a major component of semen.

prostatic adjective (prŏ-stāt'ĭk)
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