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compatibility

[kəm‚pad·ə′bil·ə·dē]
(computer science)
The ability of one device to accept data handled by another device without conversion of the data or modification of the code.
(immunology)
Ability of two bloods or other tissues to unite and function together.
(ordnance)
In ammunition, the ability of a given material to exist unchanged under certain conditions of temperature and moisture when in the presence of some other specific material.
(pharmacology)
The capacity of two or more ingredients in a medicine to mix without chemical change or loss of therapeutic effectiveness.
(systems engineering)
The ability of a new system to serve users of an old system.

compatibility

compatibility

The degree with which software works with hardware and/or other software. As hardware and software evolve, compatibility is a fundamental problem that never ends in the computer industry. At some point in time, new hardware instructions have to be developed that allow a computer to process more efficiently, and existing software has to be updated to take advantage of it. Equally important is the enhancement of operating systems and their related development systems in order to perform new tasks. Applications have to be modified to take advantage of them. See standards.
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Hence, it may be important to take into consideration not only individuals' own perceptions of compatibility, but also the role that their partners' perceptions of compatibility play in shaping individual perceptions of sexual functioning.
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0 -- a planned upgrade to the specification that will increase capacity and add new features based on DisplayPort's unique micro-packet architecture while maintaining full backward compatibility with DisplayPort 1.
This release includes important compatibility enhancements to help make migration from legacy databases much easier while offering improvements in performance and manageability to handle the most demanding applications.
This new service executes a suite of compatibility tests appropriate for a mobile solution on Palm devices configured for typical customer usage.
6 of the ANTs Data Server takes a major step forward in fulfilling that vision, taking our compatibility strategy to the next level while offering significant improvements in performance and manageability.
The compatibility of the ANTs-based Genero db was exceptional, achieving 100 percent compatibility with all the application code and even the stored procedures, which are usually impossible to migrate," said Bryn Jenkins, chief operating officer of Four J's Development Tools, Inc.
PostPath has created a unique approach to compatibility by being the first to implement Exchange network protocols on a Linux email server.
E[acute accent]Azimuth's MIMO Functional Test solution addresses three key areas: interoperability between and among Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) products; performance, including maximum throughput; and backward compatibility to PCs, phones, access points and other legacy devices already in use.