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Definition: distributed database

(1) A common term for a blockchain architecture. See blockchain.

(2) A database physically stored in two or more computer systems. Although geographically dispersed, a distributed database system manages and controls the entire database as a single collection of data. If redundant data are stored in separate databases due to performance requirements, updates to one set of data will automatically update the additional sets in a timely manner. See distributed ledger, replication and network transparency.