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peripheral

Anatomy of, relating to, or situated near the surface of the body

peripheral

[pə′rif·ə·rəl]
(anatomy)
Pertaining to or located at or near the surface of a body or an organ.
(computer science)
(science and technology)
Remote from the center; marginal; on the periphery.

peripheral

(hardware)
(Or "peripheral device", "device") Any part of a computer other than the CPU or working memory, i.e. disks, keyboards, monitors, mice, printers, scanners, tape drives, microphones, speakers, cameras, to list just the less exotic ones.

High speed working memory, such as RAM, ROM or, in the old days, core would not normally be referred to as peripherals. The more modern term "device" is also more general in that it is used for things such as a pseudo-tty, a RAM drive, or a network adaptor.

Some argue that, since the advent of the personal computer, the motherboard, hard disk, keyboard, mouse, and monitor are all parts of the base system, and only use the term "peripheral" for optional additional components.

peripheral

Any input, output or storage device connected externally or internally to the computer's CPU, such as a monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, hard disk, graphics tablet, scanner, joystick or paddle. Pronounced "per-if-uh-rul." See peripheral bus.
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To make this case most completely, Piker then turned to analyses of major institutions of American government, to show their centralizing and peripheralizing tendencies.
The absence of agreement among the West Europeans on peripheralizing Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, which is being encouraged by the concurrence of the countries of the East--the Czechs separate from the Slovaks because they think this puts them nearer to integration with the EEC, the Croats decide to precipitate the collapse of Yugoslavia, the Baltic countries and the Croats separate themselves from the Russians for similar reasons, etc.
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