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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.

Update Date: 5/23/2003

David Webner, M.D., Department of Family Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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