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Acronym Finder adds more than 5,000 new acronym and abbreviation definitions to its database each month. Every term is reviewed for accuracy, verified from multiple sources, categorized, and edited by an experienced human editor.
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Mike has 20+ years of experience with the US government in the field of computers, communications, information technology (IT), software development, logistics, and strategic planning. He began Acronym Finder's collection of acronyms and abbreviations in 1985.
He has been self-employed since 1992, working as an IT consultant and software developer. He also owned and operated a company which provided educational products to US public libraries and schools. For the past 10 years, Mike focused almost exclusively on the for-profit Acronym Finder website.
As founder of Acronym Finder, Mike has provided expert legal opinions on matters related to acronyms as they relate to trademarks, servicemarks, and domain names.
Mike holds a B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University and an associate degree in computer technology.
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from each of the first letters of a descriptive phrase or by combining the initial letters or parts of words from the phrase. Here are some examples of acronyms:
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MODulator/DEModulator = MODEM
An acronym is actually a type of abbreviation. Our database contains abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms and we make no distinction between them in our database or on our site. We are more interested in defining "acronyms" for you than we are in trying to properly distinguish between abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms.
Though you sometimes see acronyms or abbreviations written with periods after each letter (e.g., U.S.A.), we don't use that form here. When entering search terms, don't include the periods (unless the acronym normally contains a period, i.e., X.25).
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