pro·to·col [proh-tuh-kawl, -kol, -kohl] Show IPA
the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, precedence, and etiquette.
an original draft, minute, or record from which a document, esp. a treaty, is prepared.
a supplementary international agreement.
an agreement between states.
an annex to a treaty giving data relating to it.
Medicine/Medical . the plan for carrying out a scientific study or a patient’s treatment regimen.
Computers . a set of rules governing the format of messages that are exchanged between computers.
Also called protocol statement, protocol sentence, protocol proposition. Philosophy . a statement reporting an observation or experience in the most fundamental terms without interpretation: sometimes taken as the basis of empirical verification, as of scientific laws.
–verb (used without object)
to draft or issue a protocol.
1535–45; earlier protocoll < ML prōtocollum < LGk prōtókollon orig., a leaf or tag attached to a rolled papyrus manuscript and containing notes as to contents. See proto-, colloid —Related forms pro·to·col·ar [proh-tuh-kol-er] Show IPA, pro·to·col·a·ry, pro·to·col·ic, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged
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