universal product code
- noun (written as Universal Product Code)the code which identifies an article for sale, usually printed as a bar code on the packet or item itself.
- noun a standard printed bar coding system used to identify products in a shop using a bar code reader or at a EPOS.
- A bar code which is printed on items for sale for identification purposes. Such codes are read by bar-code scanners, and are used, for instance, to tally sales at a point of sale, and to maintain inventory. Its abbreviation is UPC.
- noun (written as Universal Product Code)a bar code containing a unique 12-digit number that identifies a commercial product.