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prothesis

  

      n  
1    a process in the development of a language by which a phoneme or syllable is prefixed to a word to facilitate pronunciation  
Latin ``scala'' gives Spanish ``escala'' by prothesis     
2      (Eastern Orthodox Church)   the solemn preparation of the Eucharistic elements before consecration  
     (C16: via Late Latin from Greek: a setting out in public, from pro- forth + thesis a placing)  
  prothetic      adj  
  prothetically      adv  
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