(linguistics) The addition of a phoneme or syllable at the beginning of a word, as in Spanish espina, “thorn,” from Latin spina.
(gram.) The addition of a syllable or phoneme to the beginning of a word.
A type of preparatory ceremony, part of the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Origin of prothesis
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Late Latin prothesis, prosthesis, alteration from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒÏƒÎ¸ÎµÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (prÃ³sthesis, “addition of a letter in the beginning of a word, augmentation") (English prosthesis). However, often confused for a descendant of the Ancient Greek word Ï€ÏÏŒÎ¸ÎµÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (prÃ³thesis, “a preposing, preposition"), which is instead the source of a different term - see alternative etymology, below.
- From Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÏŒÎ¸ÎµÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (prÃ³thesis, “a preposing").