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prosthetic

Syllabification: pros·thet·ics
Pronunciation: /präsˈTHetik/

Definition of prosthetic in English:

adjective

1Denoting an artificial body part, such as a limb, a heart, or a breast implant: he wears prosthetic legs because his own were amputated
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  • Although in development, there are currently no prosthetic tracheal substitutes.
  • This patient, a 10 year old boy, had subaortic obstruction and had outgrown his original prosthetic aortic valve.
  • Many prosthetic hands were simple clamps or hooks driven by cables attached to harnesses slung across the shoulders and back of the wearer.
1.1Denoting a material designed to alter a person’s physical appearance temporarily: an actor transformed by layers of prosthetic makeup
2 Linguistics Denoting a letter or syllable added at the beginning of a word, as in Spanish escuela derived from Latin scola.

noun

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1An artificial body part; a prosthesis: three charities working there make prosthetics and help amputees to walk
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  • Implants and prosthetics that substantially improve the user's quality of life were singled out for praise.
  • The world's leading futurologists have predicted the death of television and the rise of virtual entertainment complexes, neural implants and prosthetics capable of changing our bodies and our minds.
  • Golfers have a love-hate relationship with the maddening difficulty of their sport, and manufacturers will continue to employ the latest technologies to offer ever-more potent and subtle prosthetics.
1.1 (prosthetics) [treated as singular] The making and fitting of artificial body parts.
Example sentences
  • Most significantly, he has put money aside for potential advances in surgery and prosthetics that would improve his quality of life.
  • The material might ultimately replace titanium in prosthetics and bone repair surgery.
  • Since 1999, he has been an independent consultant in prosthetics and orthotics and therefore may have a consulting relationship with any of the companies mentioned in this article.
1.2An artificial feature or piece of flexible material applied to a person’s face or body to change their appearance temporarily: he plays all the parts, using various wigs and prosthetics my prosthetic was made by a special effects makeup artist
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  • Once, he seemed more comfortable with prosthetics than actors.
  • There were prosthetics, too - silicone pieces which go on the skin, which absorb the light.
  • As for some of the strange casting choices, he states a belief that actors need not look like the recognizable people they are playing; as long as they have heart, the prosthetics department will do the rest.

Origin

mid 18th century (in sense 2 of the adjective): via late Latin prostheticus from Greek prosthesis: see prosthesis, -ic.

Derivatives

prosthetically

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