pros·​thet·​ic | \ präs-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce prosthetic (audio) \

Definition of prosthetic

1 : of or relating to a prosthesis or prosthetics
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a nonprotein group of a conjugated protein

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prosthetically \ präs-​ˈthe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prosthetically (audio) \ adverb

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But Ball persevered, relearning all the basics with her prosthetic legs on. Susie Armitage, SELF, "This Is How an Aerial Performer Restarted Her Career After Having Both Feet Amputated," 23 Jan. 2019 Arquette, who packed on weight for the role and donned prosthetic teeth, contacts, and a wig, is barely recognizable as Matt and Sweat’s civilian accomplice. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Escape at Dannemora and The Little Drummer Girl Put the Prestige in Prestige TV," 16 Nov. 2018 Not many people can create a prosthetic finger with the same capacitive signature as your real fingertip. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6T Review: Amazing value with an even more amazing fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 2018 Wong’s goal is to program different types of T cells and control them individually, a concept he’s dubbed the prosthetic immune system. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 This is the second time in recent history that prosthetic body parts have showed up on the runway in the name of making a statement. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Models Wore Three Breasts on the GCDS Runway at Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 In present-day, on last week's episode, Robinson appears with a prosthetic leg. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "10 Significant Moments You Missed From 'This Is Us' Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 Background: Louisville police hope to return camouflage prosthetic leg to owner The leg's manufacturer would not release information about the owner due to privacy concerns. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Missing leg found! Louisville police reunites man with prosthetic," 25 June 2018 The cultural significance and impact of Black Panther will never die, but the superhero has a special place in the heart of one 10-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., as the movie became the theme for his custom prosthetic leg. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Wakanda Forever: Watch the Moment This 10-Year-Old Gets His Brand-New Black Panther Prosthetic Leg," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of prosthetic

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pros·​thet·​ic | \ präs-ˈthet-ik How to pronounce prosthetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of prosthetic

1 : of, relating to, or being a prosthesis a prosthetic device prosthetic limbs also : of or relating to prosthetics prosthetic research
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a nonprotein group of a conjugated protein

Other Words from prosthetic

prosthetically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prosthetically (audio) \ adverb

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