- 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
- 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
- the replacement of a missing bodily part with an artificial substitute
- an artificial part such as a limb, eye, or tooth
- linguistics another word for prothesis
Word Origin for prosthesis
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.
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.
- 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.
- Serving as or relating to a prosthesis.
- Of or relating to prosthetics.
- An artificial device used to replace a missing or defective body part, such as a limb or a heart valve.