- a device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.
- Grammar, Prosody. the addition of one or more sounds or syllables to a word or line of verse, especially at the beginning.
Origin of prosthesis
- the replacement of a missing bodily part with an artificial substitute
- an artificial part such as a limb, eye, or tooth
- linguistics another word for prothesis
Word Origin and History for prosthesis
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.
- An artificial device used to replace a missing body part, such as a limb or heart valve.
- Replacement of a missing body part with such a device.
- An artificial device used to replace a missing or defective body part, such as a limb or a heart valve.