<computer programming> Performing some predefined sequence of operations on an input to produce an output or change of internal state; activity specifically involving the computer's CPU.

The term is often qualified: "data processing" treats digital data, "signal processing" treats analog data (possibly in digital form), "word processing" takes in typed human language input and produces digital documents, image processing transforms digital images.

(01 Aug 2003)

The ability to accurately perceive and manipulate information.

In the context of reading, processing refers to the ability to distinguish speech sounds and identify letter and word forms.

(14 Jan 2009)

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1. Posttranslational modification of proteins, particularly secretory proteins and proteins targeted for membranes or specific cellular locations.

Synonyms: trafficking.

2. Posttranscriptional modification of polynucleic acids.

(05 Mar 2000)

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