bar code

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bar code

(bahr kōd)
A code consisting of a group of printed, variably patterned bars and spaces scanned by lasers into a computer to identify the object it labels.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

bar code

A parallel array of alternately spaced black bars and white spaces representing a coded number, numbers, or letters, depending on the format employed. It is used clinically for patient sample identification as well as analyzer and operator ID.
See also: code
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