microtape

microtape

(hardware, storage)
/mi:'kroh-tayp/ Occasionally used to mean a DECtape, as opposed to a macrotape.

Apparently the term "microtape" was actually the official term used within DEC for these tapes until someone coined the word "DECtape", which, of course, sounded sexier to the marketroids. Another version of the story holds that someone discovered a conflict with another company's "microtape" trademark.
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Various of Medical Supplies & Equipments Alcohol 500ml, Cidex, Cotton Roll, D2 Tank, Disposable Gloves, Elastic Bandage, Face Mask, Microtape, Nasl Canula - Adult/Pedia, Nebulizer, Nebulizer Kit, Oxygen Cannula, Povidine Iodine, Stethoscope.
He went to the Public Records Library in Birmingham and began trawling microtape after microtape, for hour after hour, for days on end.
SAN DIEGO - I might have dozed off Friday afternoon while Jim Tracy was discussing the itinerary for Hideo Nomo in the final week of the regular season, so I'll have to reconstruct what the Dodgers manager said from a fuzzy microtape, smudged notes and rank hearsay.