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[mahy-kroh-pros-es-er, ‐uh-ser; especially British ‐proh-ses-er, ‐suh-ser] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌprɒs ɛs ər, ‐ə sər; especially British ‐ˌproʊ sɛs ər, ‐sə sər/
an integrated computer circuit that performs all the functions of a CPU.
Origin of microprocessor
1965-70; micro- + processor
Related forms
microprocessing, noun Unabridged
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  • The capabilities of the integrated circuit (IC), and in particular the microprocessor, continue to increase unabated.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for microprocessor


(computing) a single integrated circuit performing the basic functions of the central processing unit in a small computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for microprocessor

1970, from micro- + processor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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microprocessor in Science
An integrated circuit that contains a processor, such as a central processing unit.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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microprocessor in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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