pros·​thet·​ics | \ präs-ˈthe-tiks How to pronounce prosthetics (audio) \

Definition of prosthetics

: the surgical or dental specialty concerned with the design, construction, and fitting of prostheses

Examples of prosthetics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Murphy and Hall also take on multiple roles, thanks to some convincing prosthetics, including the original film's famous barbershop crew. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eddie Murphy's Reign Continues in Coming 2 America—Here's What to Know," 22 Dec. 2020 Comparable prosthetics can cost $20,000 to $40,0000 per unit. Washington Post, "AI-powered bionic hand promises lifelike dexterity," 23 Dec. 2020 Seeing Taylor Swift in heavy prosthetics and a beard masquerading as a pompous businessman is quite a trip. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Best music videos of 2020: Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Harry Styles make the list," 18 Dec. 2020 As the cocksure, foulmouthed studio exec Les Grossman, Cruise put on a fat suit, wore heavy prosthetics, and peppered his lines with profanity. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Issue With Tom Cruise’s COVID-19 Rant," 18 Dec. 2020 Jim Carrey getting into character as The Grinch himself was already impressive given the amount of makeup and prosthetics he was seen wearing throughout. Ryan Shea, Glamour, "The Best Holiday Sweaters in Pop Culture History," 4 Dec. 2020 That’s because Glenn Close, buried under prosthetics, a coral reef of frizzy hair and plate-sized glasses, is the crochety, cigarette-smoking, foul-mouthed Mamaw. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Hillbilly Elegy’ misses essence of best-selling 2016 memoir," 13 Nov. 2020 That’s because Glenn Close, buried under prosthetics, a coral reef of frizzy hair and plate-sized glasses, is the crochety, cigarette-smoking, foul-mouthed Mamaw. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Hillbilly Elegy’ misses essence of best-selling 2016 memoir," 13 Nov. 2020 That’s because Glenn Close, buried under prosthetics, a coral reef of frizzy hair and plate-sized glasses, is the crochety, cigarette-smoking, foul-mouthed Mamaw. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Hillbilly Elegy’ misses essence of best-selling 2016 memoir," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of prosthetics

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prosthetics was circa 1894

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16 Jan 2021

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“Prosthetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosthetics. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for prosthetics

prosthetics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
pros·​thet·​ics | \ -iks How to pronounce prosthetics (audio) \

Medical Definition of prosthetics

: the surgical and dental specialty concerned with the design, construction, and fitting of prostheses

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