EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective Also pros·tat·ic . [pro- stat-ik] /prɒˈstæt ɪk/ of or relating to the prostate gland. Origin of prostate 1640–50;
New Latin prostata
one standing before. See
-stat Related forms post·pros·tate, adjective pre·pro·stat·ic, adjective sub·pro·stat·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for prostatic Historical Examples of prostatic British Dictionary definitions for prostatic noun 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 adjective Also: prostatic ( prɒˈstætɪk) of or relating to the prostate gland See also PSA Word Origin for prostate
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 n.
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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adj. Of or relating to the prostate gland. Related forms pro•stat ( ′ic prŏ-stăt) ′ĭk adj.
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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. Related forms prostatic adjective ( prŏ-stăt) ′ĭk
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