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Meaning of original equipment manufacturer

orig'inal equip'ment manufac"turer

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a firm that purchases complex equipment, as computers, from manufacturers and modifies or combines different components for resale.
  2. a firm that manufactures components or parts included in the finished product made by another. Abbr.: OEM
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