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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Other Words from prosthetic

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

Examples of prosthetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her job, ghostwriting letters with her prosthetic arms and hands, forces a reflection on her own trauma through writing and how to move forward. Nick Romano,, "The best anime on Netflix right now," 18 Sep. 2020 Remember the robotic prosthetic arm the Rebel fleet replaced Luke Skywalker's hand with after Darth Vader severed it in an epic lightsaber duel in The Empire Strikes Back? Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Luke Skywalker's Prosthetic Arm Inspired This Electronic Skin," 28 Aug. 2020 Kaylee Muthart, the woman who gouged out her own eyes in 2018, has received a set of prosthetic eyeballs. Ashley Boucher,, "Woman Who Gouged Her Eyes Out While High on Meth Receives Prosthetic Eyeballs," 10 Aug. 2020 Control prosthetic limbs, play Starcraft with your mind, summon your Tesla telepathically, and eventually upload your consciousness to an immortal robot body. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Neuralink Is Impressive Tech, Wrapped in Musk Hype," 4 Sep. 2020 But at that point, stunt performers came in to replace the actors as the boat was set atop a rail that would jut the vehicle forward into the prosthetic creature. Nick Romano,, "A whale of a good time: The Boys season 2 team dissect the gutting water face-off," 4 Sep. 2020 Hendren’s students could devise a prosthetic solution for Amanda. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "When the World Isn’t Designed for Our Bodies," 3 Sep. 2020 For example, a 2017 study demonstrated that nerve signals could be used for precise control of prosthetic limbs. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Neurologists aren’t so sure about Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant startup," 31 Aug. 2020 TrueLimb costs $8,000, a fraction of what most prosthetic limbs cost. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "This young entrepreneur skipped college to create robotic limbs that users can control with their minds," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of prosthetic

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prosthetic was in 1872

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5 Oct 2020

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“Prosthetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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