from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The prostate gland.
  • adj. Of or relating to the prostate gland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The prostate gland.
  • adj. Of or relating to the prostate gland.
  • adj. Alternative spelling of pro-state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Standing before; -- applied to a gland which is found in the males of most mammals, and is situated at the neck of the bladder where this joins the urethra.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Standing before or in front of something; prostatic: specifically noting the gland known as the prostate.
  • n. The prostate gland; a large glandular body which embraces the urethra immediately in front of the mouth of the bladder, whence the name.
  • n. In platyhelminths and earthworms, a glandular body connected with the sperm-duct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to the prostate gland
  • n. a firm partly muscular chestnut sized gland in males at the neck of the urethra; produces a viscid secretion that is the fluid part of semen


New Latin prostata, from Greek prostatēs (adēn), prostate (gland), from proïstanai, to set before : pro-, in front; see pro-2 + histanai, to set, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First coined 1646, from Ancient Greek προστάτης (prostates, "one who stands before, protector, guardian"). (Wiktionary)
From pro- +‎ state (Wiktionary)


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