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 for content addressable memory
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  content addressable memory
  associative memory
  
      (CAM, or "associative memory") A kind of
     storage device which includes comparison logic with each bit
     of storage.  A data value is broadcast to all words of storage
     and compared with the values there.  Words which match are flagged
     in some way.  Subsequent operations can then work on flagged
     words, e.g. read them out one at a time or write to certain bit
     positions in all of them.  A CAM can thus operate as a data
     parallel ({SIMD}) processor.
  
     CAMs are often used in caches and memory management units.
  
     (1995-02-16)
  

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