cir·cuit·ry | \ˈsər-kə-trē \
plural circuitries

Definition of circuitry 

1 : the detailed plan or arrangement of an electric circuit

2 : the components of an electric circuit

3 : the network of interconnected neurons in the nervous system and especially the brain also : circuit sense 4d

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Smaller transistors allow chip makers to pack circuitry more densely, making for more powerful chips that potentially are also smaller and use less electricity. Ted Greenwald, WSJ, "Intel’s Chip Stumble Is Letting Rivals Pull Ahead," 24 June 2018 Important hints can be found within its circuitry, which is exceedingly uniform and parallel (just as batteries may be connected in parallel). Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 More cars made in the United States would require more brake linings made in Mexico and more circuitry forged in China, using copper mined in Chile. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "The Era of Easy Money Is Ending, and the World Is Bracing for Shocks," 6 Feb. 2018 Producing chips with finer circuitry requires billions of dollars for new factories and equipment each time companies shift to a new generation. Ted Greenwald, WSJ, "Intel’s Chip Stumble Is Letting Rivals Pull Ahead," 24 June 2018 As an alternative, the researchers built a 10 millimeter by 30 millimeter IMBED with custom genetic circuitry and tested it in pigs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "This capsule of glowing E. coli will probe your gut for signs of trouble," 25 May 2018 Looking at lamprey brains has helped illuminate the fundamental circuitry involved in less conscious decision-making. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Blame Your Junk Food Cravings on Your Unhealthy Brain," 3 July 2018 Multiple studies have found that substance addictions and behavioral addictions share much of the same brain circuitry. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "World Health Organization says video game addiction is a disease. Why American psychiatrists don’t," 2 July 2018 Now, as Catherine Griwkowsky reports for the StarMetro Edmonton, Canadian researchers may have unlocked one of the secrets of parrot intelligence: a unique brain circuitry similar to one found in primate brains. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Unique Brain Circuitry Might Explain Why Parrots Are So Smart," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of circuitry

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of circuitry

: a system or group of electric circuits


cir·cuit·ry | \ˈsər-kə-trē \

Medical Definition of circuitry 

1a : the detailed plan or arrangement of an electric circuit

b : the components of an electric circuit

2 : the network of interconnected neurons in the nervous system and especially the brain also : the neuronal pathways of the brain along which electrical and chemical signals travel

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