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1. An original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard: "The abolitionists were the prototype of modern citizen activism" (Adam Hochschild).
2. An original, full-scale, and usually working model of a new product or new version of an existing product.
3. A typical example of a class or category: "He fit the prototype of the artist as social misfit and compulsive contrarian" (Stephen Holden).
tr.v. pro·to·typed, pro·to·typ·ing, pro·to·types
To make a prototype of (a product).

[French, from Greek prōtotupon, from neuter of prōtotupos, original : prōto-, proto- + tupos, model.]

pro′to·typ′al (-tī′pəl), pro′to·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk), pro′to·typ′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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Adj.1.prototypal - representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned; "archetypal patterns"; "she was the prototypal student activist"
first - preceding all others in time or space or degree; "the first house on the right"; "the first day of spring"; "his first political race"; "her first baby"; "the first time"; "the first meetings of the new party"; "the first phase of his training"
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Portugal, for one, "had one of the worst drug problems in Europe." (377) When the prototypal War on Drugs approach failed to curb the numbers of fatal addiction poisoning, Portugal decided instead to redistribute the funds formerly used to disconnect addicts from society--either via legal criminalization or stigmatization via restriction in social services--towards efforts to reconnect them, through residential rehabilitation centers, therapy, and loans for small businesses.
We annotated putative coding sequences using GeneMark (7) and performed ortholog identification, based on the prototypal human reference genome CT_020221853, using BLAST+ (8) with a 1 x [10.sup.-10] E-value threshold and confirmed by a synteny conservation check.
(8) Ernest Brown--pioneer photographer, historian and prototypal archivist--wrote an unpublished draft essay on the history of Edmonton's forts, based largely on his personal conversations with a number of Edmonton's early fur trade pioneers.
The research has taken advantage of a wide and exhaustive experimental data set for the engine running with both systems, thus allowing for a thorough comparison of the steady state and transient performance of the engine equipped with the base SP injection apparatus and with the prototypal MP one.
In conclusion, this study provides the evidence of the senescent stromal cell-induced effects on CRC cell response towards prototypal DNA-demethylating drug, DAC.
The WCF service adopted in the telemonitoring project was located on a server (Single Processor Quad Core Xeon 3470, 2.93 GHz, 6 GB Random Access Memory (RAM), and 64 bit Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition), and performance tests showed that it completely fulfilled the requirements indicated by medical staff for the telecare scenario at a prototypal level [42].
Although, its roots are traced to sub-saharan Africa (1940s) [2] and to India and Bangladesh (1960s and 70s), [3] Navrongo HDSS (NHDSS) in northern Ghana (1993) is seen as the prototypal HDSS for new HDSS across Africa and Asia.
The author examines the immigrant patterns of 23 native and 10 foreign-born adult male immigrant groups that settled in Illinois by 1850 during the Great Migration and the emergence of culture regions and regional way stations there, showing that Illinois is a prototypal example of diverse population origins during the Great Migration.
There are no prototypal urban fantasy texts, as each combination of roots creates its own set of central works.
He is a prototypal character who represents national conscience and who sides with the clamour for national integration.
Since its original description, LB has risen from relative obscurity to become a prototypal emerging infectious disease (1).