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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.prototypic - 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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In this proposal we will apply MFM to two prototypic proteins of significant medical relevance.
Our studies also enabled us to investigate whether the virulence of the WT-EBOV-Makona variant in guinea pigs was as low as that of the prototypic WT-EBOV-Mayinga variant.
This atypical depressive symptom presentation may be a phenotypic variant of prototypic MDD in which men's experience and expression of prototypic depressive symptoms are influenced by masculine gender role norms (Addis, 2008).
From the thousands of chemicals which the general population regularly encounters, the researchers selected 85 prototypic chemicals that were not considered to be carcinogenic to humans, and reviewed their effects against a long list of mechanisms that are important for cancer development.
Yet, within a given health plan, they all have the same cost-sharing burdens, given the prototypic process for pricing insurance premiums and cost-sharing obligations.
Paclitaxel (PTX), a prototypic taxane compound, represents one of the most important chemotherapy agents for breast cancer and has been widely used since it was available in clinics (Gueritte, 2001).
Systemic sclerosis: a prototypic multisystem fibrotic disorder.
Prototypic G protein-coupled receptor for the intestinotrophic factor glucagon-like peptide 2.
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Although this in group/out-group distinction suggests that employees who identify with their organizations are more likely to trust information from within the organization more than information from external sources, these employees will also be motivated to acquire at least enough external information to maintain prototypic views of outsiders (Anand et al.
Specifically, it has been known for many years that 100% of patients with prototypic clinical features of XP are proficient in NER.
The prototypic disorder in this group is systemic sclerosis or scleroderma that is characterized by infammation, fibrosis, and progressive degeneration of skin, vasculature, and internal organs such as heart, lung, kidneys, and the gastrointestinal tract.