prosthesis

noun
pros·the·sis | \präs-ˈthē-səs, ˈpräs-thə-\
plural prostheses\präs-ˈthē-ˌsēz, ˈpräs-thə- \

Definition of prosthesis 

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

Examples of prosthesis in a Sentence

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

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Amputees might one day even be able to perceive sensations through their prostheses. Fox News, "5 years on, marathon bomb survivors inspire medical advances," 11 Apr. 2018 Modern prostheses enable replacements of limbs lost to injury or disease. Dan Robitzski, Scientific American, "Disabled Hands Successfully Replaced with Bionic Prosthetics," 1 May 2017 Those closing credits also offer a montage of the elaborate aging process undergone by Irving and his teammates: prostheses and wigs and such. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Uncle Drew,’ Kyrie dribbles, Kyrie shoots, Kyrie acts," 27 June 2018 The company's pictures show the kinds of things that the new system enables: among others, there's a pregnant avatar, a couple of avatars with prostheses, and two that use wheelchairs, all with a wide range of skin tones, poses, and hair styles. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s new diverse avatar editor represents more body types, disabilities," 19 June 2018 Then the long, painful road from to learning to deal with a wheelchair to walking, and later running, using a prosthesis, began. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Sean English to receive Courage Award at Detroit Free Press Sports Awards," 18 May 2018 The study authors think that the man was using his teeth to tighten the straps on his prosthesis. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Medieval Man Used a Knife as a Prosthetic Limb," 20 Apr. 2018 The catch: patients have to undergo a nonessential amputation of the damaged hand to make room for the prosthesis. Dan Robitzski, Scientific American, "Disabled Hands Successfully Replaced with Bionic Prosthetics," 1 May 2017 The Soviets compared the corpse's teeth, which contained conspicuous and unusual prostheses and bridgework, with descriptions provided by the dental assistant Kathe Heusermann. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "Hitler's teeth analysis dispels myths of Nazi leader's survival," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of prosthesis

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prosthesis

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

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The first known use of prosthesis was circa 1900

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prosthesis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prosthesis

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

prosthesis

noun
pros·the·sis | \präs-ˈthē-səs, ˈpräs-thə- \
plural prostheses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of prosthesis 

: 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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