Definition of prothesis in English:


Line breaks: pro|thesis
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒθɪsɪs

noun (plural protheses /-siːz/)

  • 1 [mass noun] Christian Church (Especially in the Orthodox Church) the action of placing the Eucharistic elements on the credence table.
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    • Now what is a table of prothesis doing in a church?
  • 1.1 [count noun] A credence table.
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    • The faithful do not even see the full altar; the prothesis where the gifts are prepared-without any obvious participation by the laity-is entirely out of sight.
  • 1.2 [count noun] The part of a church where the credence table stands.



Pronunciation: /prəˈθɛtɪk/


late 16th century (in sense 2): from Greek, 'placing before or in public view', from pro 'before' + thesis 'placing'.

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