magnetic stripe

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A black stripe, printed on the back of a credit card or similar, that stores a machine-readable copy of the information on the card. The stripe contains iron particles about 500 nanometers long that can be magnetised like magnetic tape. The data can be read by swiping the card through a card reader.

Last updated: 2007-06-04

Nearby terms:

Magnetic Ink Character Recognitionmagnetic stripemagnetic tape

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