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prosthetic

Use the adjective prosthetic to describe something that has to do with an artificial body part. You might know someone who walks with the help of a prosthetic leg.

Something that's prosthetic fills in for a missing part. In some cases, people are born without an arm or a foot, and in others they've lost a limb in an accident. Prosthetic limbs can help them get along more easily, substituting for the absent part. Prosthetic has a Greek root, prostithenai, or "addition," and an early meaning of "that which is added to the body."

Definitions of prosthetic
  1. adjective
    of or relating to prosthetics
  2. adjective
    relating to or serving as a prosthesis
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