proto- [prōt′ō, prōt′ə]
[Gr prōto- < prōtos, first < IE * pto- < base * pro-, early, ahead > L pro-, Gr pro-] combining form
1. first in time, original, primitive [protoplast]
2. first in importance, principal, chief [protonotary]
3. [P-] prehistoric or original: said of a people or language [Proto-Germanic]
a) forming nouns on the way to becoming the (specified) thing or kind of person [proto-suburbia, a proto-terrorist]
b) forming adjectives on the way to having the (specified) quality or relationship [a proto-Cubist painting]
5. Chem.
a) being that member of a series of compounds having the lowest proportion of the (specified) element or radical [protoxide]
b) being the parent form of a (specified) substance

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