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open system

n.
A physical system that interacts with and accepts input from other systems, especially one that obeys conservation laws.
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open system

n
(Computer Science) computing an operating system that is not specific to a particular supplier, but conforms to more widely compatible standards
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Outputs - third component of the open system - include measurable services, such as quality of patient care.
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