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 for CD-ROM
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  CD-ROM \CD-ROM\ n.
     a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than with
     an audio system); a large amount of digital information can
     be stored and accessed but it cannot be altered by the user.
  
     Syn: compact disc read-only memory.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  CD-ROM
      n 1: a compact disk that is used with a computer (rather than
           with an audio system); a large amount of digital
           information can be stored and accessed but it cannot be
           altered by the user [syn: CD-ROM, compact disc read-only
           memory]

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  CDROM
         Compact Disk - Read Only Memory (CD, ROM), "CD-ROM"
         

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Compact Disc Read-Only Memory
  CD-ROM
  CD-ROM drive
  
      (CD-ROM) A non-volatile optical data storage
     medium using the same physical format as audio compact
     discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive.
  
     CD-ROM is popular for distribution of large databases,
     software and especially multimedia applications.  The
     maximum capacity is about 600 megabytes.  A CD can store
     around 640 megabytes of data - about 12 billion bytes per
     pound weight.
  
     CD-ROM drives are rated with a speed factor relative to music
     CDs (1x or 1-speed which gives a data transfer rate of 150
     kilobytes per second).  12x drives were common in April
     1997.  Above 12x speed, there are problems with vibration and
     heat.  Constant angular velocity (CAV) drives give speeds up
     to 20x but due to the nature of CAV the actual throughput
     increase over 12x is less than 20/12.
  
     20x was thought to be the maximum speed due to mechanical
     constraints but on 1998-02-24, Samsung Electronics
     introduced the SCR-3230, a 32x CD-ROM drive which uses a ball
     bearing system to balance the spinning CD-ROM in the drive to
     reduce noise.
  
     CD-ROM drives may connect to an IDE interface, a SCSI
     interface or a propritary interface, of which there are three
     - Sony, Panasonic, and Mitsumi.  Most CD-ROM drives can also
     play audio CDs.
  
     There are several formats used for CD-ROM data, including
     Green Book CD-ROM, White Book CD-ROM and Yellow Book
     CD-ROM.  ISO 9660 defines a standard file system, later
     extended by Joliet.
  
     See also Compact Disc Recordable, Digital Versatile Disc.
  
     Byte, February 1997
     http://byte.com/art/9702/sec17/art5.htm)">(http://byte.com/art/9702/sec17/art5.htm).
  
     (2006-09-25)
  

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