noun (plural prostheses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, addition, from prostithenai to add to, from pros- in addition to + tithenai to put — more at pros-, do Date: circa 1900 an artificial device to replace or augment a missing or impaired part of the body

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  • prosthesis — 1550s, addition of a letter or syllable to a word, from L.L., from Gk. prosthesis addition, from prostithenai add to, from pros to + tithenai to put, place (see THEME (Cf. theme)). Meaning artificial body part is first recorded 1706 …   Etymology dictionary

  • prosthesis — [präs′thə sis; ] for 2, usually [ präs thē′sis] n. [LL < Gr prosthesis < prostithenai < pros, to, at + tithenai, to place, DO1] 1. var. of PROTHESIS (sense 1) 2. pl. prostheses [prästhē′sēz΄] Med …   English World dictionary

  • Prosthesis — Pros the*sis, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? an addition, fr. ? to put to, to add; ? to + ? to put, place.] 1. (Surg.) The addition to the human body of some artificial part, to replace one that is wanting, as a log or an eye; called also {prothesis}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prosthĕsis — (gr.), 1) das Hinzufügen eines Buchstabens zu Anfange eines Wortes, z.B. gnatus st. natus; 2) der Theil der Chirurgie, der etwas Fehlendes wieder ersetzt, die künstliche Ansetzung eines Gliedes …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Prosthesis — Prosthesis, griech., Verlängerung eines Wortes durch Zusetzung einer Silbe; in der Medicin die künstliche Ansetzung eines fehlenden Körpertheiles …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • prosthesis — ► NOUN (pl. prostheses) ▪ an artificial body part. DERIVATIVES prosthetic adjective. ORIGIN Greek, from prostithenai add …   English terms dictionary

  • Prosthesis — For other uses, see Prosthesis (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Orthotic. A man with two prosthetic arms playing table football …   Wikipedia

  • prosthesis — prosthetic /pros thet ik/, adj. prosthetically, adv. /pros thee sis/ for 1; /pros theuh sis/ for 2, n., pl. prostheses / seez/ for 1; / seez / for 2. 1. a device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or… …   Universalium

  • Prosthesis — An artificial substitute or replacement of a part of the body such as a tooth, eye, a facial bone, the palate, a hip, a knee or another joint, the leg, an arm, etc. A prosthesis is designed for functional or cosmetic reasons or both. A prosthesis …   Medical dictionary

  • prosthesis — [[t]prɒsθi͟ːsɪs[/t]] prostheses N COUNT A prosthesis is an artificial body part that is used to replace a natural part. [MEDICAL] The woman whose leg had been amputated could get a prosthesis and learn to walk on it …   English dictionary

  • prosthesis — UK [prɒsˈθiːsɪs] / US [prɑsˈθɪsɪs] noun [countable] Word forms prosthesis : singular prosthesis plural prostheses UK [prɒsˈθiːsiːz] / US [prɑsˈθɪsɪz] medical an artificial body part …   English dictionary

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