[al-fuh-noo-mer-ik, -nyoo-]

adjective Computers.

(of a set of characters) including letters, numbers, and, often, special characters, as punctuation marks: alphanumeric code.

Also al·pha·mer·ic [al-fuh-mer-ik] /ˌæl fəˈmɛr ɪk/, al·pha·nu·mer·i·cal, al·pha·mer·i·cal.

Origin of alphanumeric

First recorded in 1950–55; alpha(bet) + numeric(al)
Related formsal·pha·nu·mer·i·cal·ly, al·pha·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for alphanumeric


alphameric (ˌælfəˈmɛrɪk)


(of a character set, code, or file of data) consisting of alphabetical and numerical symbols
Derived Formsalphanumerically or alphamerically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alphanumeric

1912, contracted from alphabet + numeric (see numerical).

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