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[pros-thet-ik] /prɒsˈθɛt ɪk/
of or relating to an artificial body part or prosthesis:
He was fitted for a prosthetic arm.
of or relating to the fields of surgical or dental prosthetics:
advances in prosthetic technology.
of or relating to a substance, item, or process used to transform a person’s appearance temporarily, especially as a theatrical special effect:
The final scene required painstaking application of prosthetic hair and skin.
an artificial body part; a prosthesis:
Hundreds of amputees volunteered to test the new prosthetics.
an appearance-altering substance or item applied temporarily to a person’s face or body, especially to create a theatrical special effect:
Alien creatures are brought to life with realistic prosthetics.
Origin of prosthetic
1735-40; < Modern Latin prostheticus, from Hellenistic Greek prosthetikós, equivalent to prósthet(os) “added on,” verbid of prostithе́nai “to add, put onto” (pros- pros-. + the-, stem of tithе́nai “to put, place” + -tos verbid suffix) + -ikos -ic
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prosthetically, adverb Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for prosthetic

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.

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prosthetic in Medicine

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

  1. Serving as or relating to a prosthesis.

  2. Of or relating to prosthetics.

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prosthetic in Science
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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