ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Central Processing Unit (CPU)

The unit of a computer that includes the circuits controlling the interpretation of program instructions and their execution. The CPU controls the entire computer. It receives and sends data through input-output channels, retrieves data and programs from memory, and conducts mathematical and logical functions of a program.

Publication Source: FDA Glossary of Computerized System and Software Development Technology

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