EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural proth·e·ses [ proth- uh-seez] /ˈprɒθ əˌsiz/ 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 1665–75;
a putting before. See
thesis Related forms pro·thet·ic , [pr uh- thet-ik] /prəˈθɛt ɪk/ adjective pro·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for prothesis Historical Examples of prothesis British Dictionary definitions for prothesis noun a process in the development of a language by which a phoneme or syllable is prefixed to a word to facilitate pronunciation Latin ``scala'' gives Spanish ``escala'' by prothesis Eastern Orthodox Church the solemn preparation of the Eucharistic elements before consecration Derived Forms prothetic ( prəˈθɛtɪk), adjective prothetically, adverb Word Origin for prothesis
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 n.
prothesis "a placing before, a placing in public," from pro (see pro-) + thesis (see thesis). In ecclesiastical sense from 1670s; grammatical from 1870. Related: Prothetic (1835 in grammar); prothetical; prothetically.
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