[ proth-uh-sis ]
/ ˈprɒθ ə sɪs /
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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.
- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM prothesispro·thet·ic [pruh-thet-ik], /prəˈθɛt ɪk/, adjectivepro·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prothesis
/ (ˈprɒθɪsɪs) /
a process in the development of a language by which a phoneme or syllable is prefixed to a word to facilitate pronunciationLatin ``scala'' gives Spanish ``escala'' by prothesis
Eastern Orthodox Church the solemn preparation of the Eucharistic elements before consecration
Derived forms of prothesisprothetic (prəˈθɛtɪk), adjectiveprothetically, 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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