Definitions

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

  • n. An artificial device used to replace a missing body part, such as a limb, tooth, eye, or heart valve.
  • n. Replacement of a missing body part with such a device.
  • n. Linguistics Prothesis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artificial replacement for a body part, either internal or external.
  • n. prothesis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The addition to the human body of some artificial part, to replace one that is wanting, as a log or an eye; -- called also prothesis.
  • n. The prefixing of one or more letters to the beginning of a word, as in beloved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Addition; affixion; appendage.

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

  • n. corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body

Etymologies

Greek, addition, from prostithenai, prosthe-, to add : pros-, pros- + tithenai, to put.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin, from Ancient Greek πρόσθεσις (prosthesis, "addition"), from προστίθημι (prostithēmi, "I add"), from πρός (pros, "towards") + τίθημι (tithēmi, "I place"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It will take at least two or three years before scientists try to replicate the experiment with a more long-term prosthesis, the experts said.

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  • Conceived for people who feel insecure about their social skills, the prosthesis is a rigid, circular apparatus that forces a facial expression -- almost a grimace -- onto its wearer.

    'Talk to Me'

  • Wired News has an interesting article about the quest to create an artificial brain prosthesis.

    Boing Boing: October 17, 2004 - October 23, 2004 Archives

  • It took a couple years, and the prosthesis was a huge help because you feel that you're no longer singled out.

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  • The only current treatment is the surgical replacement of the prosthesis, which is expensive, invasive and many elderly sufferers are not able to undergo the procedure.

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  • For the Northwest High School junior, learning to walk with the help of a prosthesis is the beginning of a future that many thought he would never have.

    BizzyBlog

  • Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a robotic prosthesis which is able to transport zucchini through time and space, using monkey brain power alone.

    Monkey Brain Controls Robot Arm, Moves Zucchini

  • * Macht discusses ID and reductionism at "prosthesis".

    Webnotes

  • * Macht at "prosthesis" points to this informative interview on embryonic stem cell research by James Thomson who actually does stem cell research.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • Macht at "prosthesis" has given his thoughts, and the discussion at Philosophy, etc. is still going on.

    Archive 2005-10-01

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