Definition of prothesis in US English:

prothesis

noun

  • 1Christian Church
    (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 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 The part of a church where the credence table stands.
  • 2Linguistics

    another term for prosthesis (sense 2)

Origin

Late 16th century (in prothesis (sense 2)): from Greek, ‘placing before or in public view’, from pro ‘before’ + thesis ‘placing’.

Pronunciation

prothesis

/ˈprɑθəsəs//ˈpräTHəsəs/