Prosthesis

Definition
A prosthesis is a device designed to replace a missing part of the body or to make a part of the body work better. Diseased or missing eyes, arms, hands, and legs are commonly replaced by prosthetic devices. False teeth are known as dental prostheses. Replacement of the jaw bone by an artificial replacement is known as maxillofacial prosthesis. Penis implants are also known as penile prostheses.

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Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Janet G. Derge, M.D.

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