prosthetic

adjective

pros·​thet·​ic präs-ˈthe-tik How to pronounce prosthetic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a prosthesis
a prosthetic limb
prosthetic devices
These researchers will develop ways to connect prostheses more soundly to the bone, coordinate brain signals with prosthetic movement, and create properly rotating artificial joints.Sheela Raman
Similar prevention is recommended if you have leaky, prolapsed, or prosthetic heart valves.Consumer Reports
also : of or relating to prosthetics
prosthetic research
2
: of, relating to, or constituting a nonprotein group of a conjugated protein
covalently-bound prosthetic groups
a heme prosthetic group
prosthetically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Klein said a medical consultant taught them to practice on a prosthetic arm before eventually practicing on one another. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 22 Nov. 2022 The prosthetic right arm is the clear giveaway, not to mention the voice actresses being the same (at least in Japanese). Ollie Barder, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 Carroll specializes in creating prosthetic limbs for amputees. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2022 Because of Michelle's extreme weight loss, a prosthetic piece [created by Todd Watson] was designed to cover Elle's hairline. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 19 Apr. 2022 He was fitted with a prosthetic leg, paid for by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. John Johnston, The Enquirer, 8 Dec. 2022 The effects, which favor remarkable prosthetic makeup over digital work, are astonishing, expertly balancing fright and whimsy. Barry Levitt, Vulture, 7 Dec. 2022 As Sean Penn’s prosthetic makeup and hair designer on Gaslit, Kazu Hiro had to turn the two-time Oscar winner into former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 June 2022 That was several different characters who went through prosthetic makeup. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Prosthetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosthetic. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

prosthetic

adjective
pros·​thet·​ic präs-ˈthet-ik How to pronounce prosthetic (audio)
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
prosthetically adverb

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