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identifier

[ī′dent·ə‚fī·ər]
(computer science)
A symbol whose purpose is to specify a body of data.

identifier

1. <programming, operating system> A formal name used in source code to refer to a variable, function, procedure, package, etc. or in an operating system to refer to a process, user, group, etc.

Each different type of entity may have a different range of valid identifiers or "name space". For example, an identifier in C is a series of one or more letters, digits and underscores that does not begin with a digit. An identifier has a type, e.g. integer variable, hash, variant and a scope, e.g. block, global.

identifier

Any label, symbol or token that names or identifies an entity or a collection of data. See identification.
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In a July, 2016 response to their letter, Secretary Burwell stated that "HHS affirmatively supports adding the device identifier (DI) portion of the UDI for claims for implantable devices.
From the advanced search page, users can search by ORCID identifier, first name, last name, and keyword.
On the jobsite, the contractor downloads label identifiers from LinkWare Live to their smartphone via the Brother LabelLink app then transfers database with identifiers directly to Brother P-touch EDGE[R] PT-E550W industrial labeling tool to create and print high-quality laminated labels.
The Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI) is an open data standard for identifying financial instruments across all global asset classes.
With this description, researchers have tried to provide solutions in order to create a unique identifier with the ability to have long-term persistency to overcome the above-mentioned risks.
Moreover, alternative to IP based application, a novel Identifier based light weight applications design paradigm with practical applications is also presented in this paper.
The UDI labels include a device identifier, which consists of the labeler and specific model of the device, and a production identifier that includes lot or batch numbers, expiration date and other valuable information.
Some of the activities undertaken by the MISMO Unique Loan Identifier Workgroup include defining the characteristics of a unique loan identifier.
The use of a unique identifier will allow medical practices to make greater use of automation in claims processing, according to the proposed rule, in turn saving time and money.
Remember though, the unique identifier is no good to anyone unless you train everyone on how to use it.
They didn't find anything malicious, but a surprising number of the programs used unique identifiers such as the phone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number — sometimes without obtaining permission to do so from the user.
The identifier of the connection to the origin of the communication