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    (adj.) Comma-delimited is a type of data format in which each piece of data is separated by a comma. This is a popular format for transferring data from one application to another, because most database systems are able to import and export comma-delimited data.

    For example, data pulled from a database and represented in comma-delimited format looks something like the following. Each column value is separated by a comma from the next column’s value and each row starts a new line:

    Adams, Jane, 46, female, New York
    Doe, John, 32, male, California
    Jones, Sam, 13, male, Texas
    Smith, Mary, 64, female, Louisiana

    comma-separated values (CSV)

    When data is represented in this format they also are referred to as comma-separated values (CSV).