Definition of prostate in English:


(also prostate gland)


  • A gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in male mammals and releasing a fluid component of semen.

    • ‘Most of the semen fluid comes from the prostate gland rather than the testicles.’
    • ‘Work by relaxing the muscles at the neck of the bladder and in the prostate.’
    • ‘In these experiments, pregnant mice were exposed to low levels of bisphenol A at a time when their male fetuses' prostates were developing.’
    • ‘It is sometimes caused by an enlarged prostate gland pressing on the bladder that creates a cavity from which urine cannot entirely empty.’
    • ‘This chapter focuses on infections of the male urethra, epididymis, testis, and prostate.’
    • ‘The prostate gland surrounds the urethra at the base of the bladder in men.’
    • ‘The section of the urethra that traverses the prostate gland is called the prostatic urethra.’
    • ‘The prostate gland occurs in all men and all male mammals.’
    • ‘The specimen consisted of a urinary bladder and attached prostate gland with bilateral seminal vesicles and vas deference.’
    • ‘Seminal fluid continues to be produced normally by the prostate gland and seminal vesicles.’
    • ‘The most common technique is a ‘radical prostatectomy’, which involves removing the prostate gland, seminal vesicles and nearby lymph nodes.’
    • ‘The prostate gland makes a fluid that provides nutrients for sperm.’
    • ‘At the time of release, the sperm is mixed with fluid from the seminal vesicles and prostate gland.’
    • ‘The prostate gland encircles the urethra adjacent to the neck of the bladder and is formed of 30 to 50 tubuloalveolar glands grouped into lobes.’
    • ‘Because the prostate gland sits below the bladder, the disease affects its functions.’
    • ‘A drug used to fight baldness and enlarged prostates also protects against prostate cancer, offering the first way men can cut their risk for a major cancer killer, researchers reported yesterday.’
    • ‘The accessory glands, including the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland, provide fluids that lubricate the duct system and nourish the sperm.’
    • ‘The prostate gland is just below the bladder, and infections can pass both ways along the urethra.’
    • ‘The prostate is a small gland about the size of a walnut situated at the base of the bladder.’
    • ‘Digital rectal examination is performed to examine the prostate gland, seminal vesicles, and possible cysts that can cause ejaculatory duct obstruction.’


Mid 17th century: via French from modern Latin prostata, from Greek prostatēs ‘one that stands before’, from pro ‘before’ + statos ‘standing’.