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 This research could improve the design of prosthetics to better simulate the human hand. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 The report claims that the prosthetics give Pistorius an advantage over able-bodied competitors, which Pistorius strongly rejects. CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 The other challenge was how to age the actress without using prosthetics or visual effects. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 Balenciaga is known to embrace futuristic beauty, like 2019’s cheekbone and lip prosthetics commenting on popular face-altering procedures. Vogue, 2 Oct. 2021 Such sleeves are now used for human prosthetics and have all but eliminated skin sores. orlandosentinel.com, 14 Nov. 2021 Such sleeves are now used for human prosthetics and have all but eliminated skin sores. NBC News, 13 Nov. 2021 No one in the Gucci cast goes as grande as Leto, who piles on the prosthetics to play a black-sheep cousin, a performance multiple critics have compared to figures from the Super Mario franchise. Nate Jones, Vulture, 12 Nov. 2021 There's Jen and Sharrieff welcoming Jen's large family into their home for dinner, including her infamous aunt who had both legs amputated, and is looking fabulous in her new prosthetics. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021

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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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4 Jan 2022

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“Prosthetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosthetics. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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prosthetics

noun, plural in form 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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