prothesis

noun
proth·​e·​sis | \ ˈprä-thə-səs How to pronounce prothesis (audio) \
plural protheses\ ˈprä-​thə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce prothesis (audio) \

Definition of prothesis

: the addition of a sound to the beginning of a word (as in Old French estat—whence English estate—from Latin status)

Other Words from prothesis

prothetic \ prä-​ˈthe-​tik How to pronounce prothesis (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of prothesis

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prothesis

Late Latin, alteration of prosthesis, from Greek, literally, addition — more at prosthesis

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The first known use of prothesis was circa 1550

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“Prothesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prothesis. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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prothesis

noun
proth·​e·​sis | \ ˈpräth-ə-səs How to pronounce prothesis (audio) \
plural protheses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce prothesis (audio) \

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Other Words from prothesis

prothetic \ prä-​ˈthet-​ik How to pronounce prothesis (audio) \ adjective

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