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prosthesis

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noun, pros·the·sis \präs-ˈthē-səs, ˈpräs-thə-\

Simple Definition of prosthesis

  • medical : an artificial device that replaces a missing or injured part of the body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prosthesis

plural prosthesesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  an artificial device to replace or augment a missing or impaired part of the body

Examples of prosthesis in a sentence

  1. She was fitted with a prosthesis to replace her missing leg.



Origin of prosthesis

New Latin, from Greek, addition, from prostithenai to add to, from pros- in addition to + tithenai to put — more at pros-, do


First Known Use: circa 1900

Rhymes with prosthesis


Medical Dictionary

prosthesis

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noun pros·the·sis \präs-ˈthē-səs, ˈpräs-thə-\

Medical Definition of prosthesis

plural prostheses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  an artificial device to replace or augment a missing or impaired part of the body <a dental prosthesis> <silicone breast and limb prostheses>





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