- the addition of a sound or syllable at the beginning of a word, as in Spanish escala “ladder” from Latin scala.
- Eastern Church.
- 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 of prothesis
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Prothesis would most likely have been put for it by a Greek.An Outline of English Speech-craft
The two smaller compartments and apses at the sides of the bema were sacristies, the diaconicon and prothesis.
It is covered either with a barrel or with a cross-groined vault, and communicates with the prothesis and the diaconicon.
The place of the prothesis has been taken by a similar door and a small Turkish dome.
The prothesis and diaconicon have barrel vaults and apses with three sides projecting slightly on the exterior.
- a process in the development of a language by which a phoneme or syllable is prefixed to a word to facilitate pronunciationLatin ``scala'' gives Spanish ``escala'' by prothesis
- Eastern Orthodox Church the solemn preparation of the Eucharistic elements before consecration
C16: via Late Latin from Greek: a setting out in public, from pro- forth + thesis a placing
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Word Origin and History for prothesis
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