The prostate gland.
Of or relating to the prostate gland.
[New Latin prostata, from Greek prostatēs (adēn), prostate (gland), from proïstanai, to set before : pro-, in front; see PRO-2 + histanai, to set, place; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pros·tatic (prŏ-stătĭk) adj.
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