A small, thin piece of semiconductor bearing numerous circuits integrated into its substrate. A chip smaller than a fingernail can hold millions of circuits. Most of a computer's circuitry is built from chips mounted on circuit boards. Also called chip.
v. microchipped, microchipping, microchips
To implant a microchip in: All of the animals in this shelter have been microchipped.
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