noun, plural pros·the·ses [pros-thee-seez for 1; pros-thuh-seez for 2] /prɒsˈθi siz for 1; ˈprɒs θəˌsiz for 2/.
Origin of prosthesis
British Dictionary definitions for prostheses
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
- the replacement of a missing bodily part with an artificial substitute
- an artificial part such as a limb, eye, or tooth
Word Origin for prosthesis
Word Origin and History for prostheses
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.