prosth-, prosthe-, prosthet-, prostheto-
(Greek > Latin: an addition; to put to, add to, to place)
A myoelectric prosthesis utilizes the remaining nerve and neuromuscular systems of the human body to control the functions of an electrical operated prosthetic hand, wrist, elbow, or foot.
2. A device to augment the performance of a natural function: A hearing aid is another example of a prosthesis.
Prostheses are also used for cosmetic reasons; such as, a breast prosthesis that is fitted after a mastectomy, or the removal of a breast, and a glass eye which is inserted to replace a diseased eye which has had to be surgically removed.3. In linguistics, the addition of a letter or a syllable to a word: One example of a language prostheses is when an "s" is added to words to make them plurals; such as, book > books, plant > plants, cartoon > cartoons, etc.
4. Etymology: from Latin and Greek prosthesis, "addition of a letter" or "syllable to a word"; from prostithenai, "add to"; from pros, "to" + tithenai, "to put, to place".
The reference to "artificial body part" is first recorded in 1706.
Additional information about prostheses.
The patient found it difficult to adjust to the new prosthesis; in fact, Willie sat down in a state of prostration at the end of his first therapy session.
Externally powered prosthetics refers to any physical replacements in which a small electronic motor has been incorporated for the purpose of providing force to control various physical functions.
Information about advances in prosthetics.
2. A maker of artificial body limbs: The prosthetist measures, produces, adjusts, and services imitation external parts for the body; such as, a hand or a foot.
3. Someone who is engaged in the fabrication and fitting of diseased or missing sections of a person's physical structures: Because Nicole had a very bad bicycle accident, she lost one leg and a prosthetist was able to design and produce another one to fit her needs.
Prosthodontics also involves the restoration and maintenance of oral functions, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the renewal of missing enamel-layered structures and contiguous tissues with necessary substitutes.