pros·​thet·​ic | \präs-ˈthe-tik \

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 \ adverb

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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 Within a year of her amputation, Johnson learned how to run with her prosthetic leg. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Warrior Games Athlete Stephanie Johnson Thought She'd Never Run Again—Now She's Competing in 5 Sports," 7 June 2018 There are bionic-looking prosthetic leg covers and aesthetically pleasing hand bars for showers, puffer jackets that make getting dressed easier for kids, and a food prep system designed to help people on the autism spectrum cook for themselves. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "The surprising ways design can help people with disabilities," 27 May 2018 During that initial visit to Portland, Abed was treated at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospital for internal injuries and fitted for a prosthetic leg. Jamie Goldberg,, "Iraqi boy relishes chance to meet Timbers players, attend rivalry match while seeking medical help in Portland," 14 May 2018 What’s even more amazing is that Joseph did not use a prosthetic leg. Mike Bianchi,, "Long before UCF's Shaquem Griffin played with one hand, Carl Joseph was one-legged wonder at Bethune-Cookman," 5 May 2018 Now he is left with sagging excess skin, impeding him from being fitted with a new appropriately-sized prosthetic leg. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Surgery helped him lose almost 500 pounds. Now insurance won't help remove excess skin.," 4 Feb. 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 \

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 \ adverb

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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