Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The human central nervous system considered as a computing device or part of a computing device.

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  • noun slang A human brain or mind as a computing element. Coined as a parallel to hardware and software. Common in the cyberspace genre of science fiction.
  • noun The underlying generative code for an organism, as found in the genetic material, in the biochemistry of the cells, or in the architecture of the body’s tissues.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[On the model of hardware and software.]

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wet +‎ -ware

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  • I don't mind the terms software and hardware, but wetware is a bit of a stretch.

    December 8, 2009

  • yes very much so

    December 8, 2009

  • With products like BrainGate I don't think this term is all that odd. Mind apps, ya know?

    December 9, 2009