Definition of prothesis in English:



  • 1Christian Church
    [mass noun] (especially in the Orthodox Church) the action of placing the Eucharistic elements on the credence table.

    • ‘Now what is a table of prothesis doing in a church?’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A credence table.
      • ‘The faithful do not even see the full altar; the prothesis where the gifts are prepared-without any obvious participation by the laity-is entirely out of sight.’
    2. 1.2[count noun] The part of a church where the credence table stands.
  • 2Linguistics

    another term for prosthesis


Late 16th century (in prothesis): from Greek, placing before or in public view, from pro before + thesis placing.