prosthesis

[ pros-thee-sis for 1; pros-thuh-sis for 2 ]
/ prɒsˈθi sɪs for 1; ˈprɒs θə sɪs for 2 /

noun, plural pros·the·ses [pros-thee-seez for 1; pros-thuh-seez for 2] /prɒsˈθi siz for 1; ˈprɒs θəˌsiz for 2/.

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

1545–55; < Late Latin < Greek prósthesis a putting to, addition, equivalent to prós to + thésis a placing; see thesis

OTHER WORDS FROM prosthesis

pros·thet·ic [pros-thet-ik] /prɒsˈθɛt ɪk/, adjectivepros·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb

Definition for prosthetically (2 of 2)

prosthetic
[ pros-thet-ik ]
/ prɒsˈθɛt ɪk /

adjective

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.

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prosthetic

pros·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prosthetically

prosthesis
/ (ˈprɒsθɪsɪs, prɒsˈθiːsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

surgery
  1. the replacement of a missing bodily part with an artificial substitute
  2. an artificial part such as a limb, eye, or tooth
linguistics another word for prothesis

Derived forms of prosthesis

prosthetic (prɒsˈθɛtɪk), adjectiveprosthetically, adverb

Word Origin for prosthesis

C16: via Late Latin from Greek: an addition, from prostithenai to add, from pros- towards + tithenai to place
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Medicine definitions for prosthetically (1 of 2)

prosthesis
[ prŏs-thēsĭs ]

n. pl. pros•the•ses (-sēz)

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.

Medicine definitions for prosthetically (2 of 2)

prosthetic
[ prŏs-thĕtĭk ]

adj.

Serving as or relating to a prosthesis.
Of or relating to prosthetics.
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Science definitions for prosthetically

prosthesis
[ prŏs-thēsĭs ]

Plural prostheses (prŏs-thēsēz)

An artificial device used to replace a missing or defective body part, such as a limb or a heart valve.

Other words from prosthesis

prosthetic adjective (prŏs-thĕtĭk)
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