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Pronunciation: mi'ne


  1. A moderate-sized computer that can serve many users in a department, or one dedicated to a complex computational function such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging; smaller and slower than a mainframe, more complex and powerful than a personal computer.
  2. A miniature nerve potential occurring when a single neurotransmitter vesicle's contents are released.

[It. miniatura, decoration of manuscripts, fr. L. minium, red lead]

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