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What does "ISO" mean?

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ISO can be used to mean "in search of" on message boards, and it also can stand for the International Socialist Organization. It also can refer to the International Organization for Standardization when not used as an acronym, derived from the Latin "isos," meaning equal.

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ISO, with reference to the nongovernment organization in charge of promulgating improvement and quality in different industries, was established Feb. 23, 1947, to foster consistency in world trade. It addition to the reference to "equal," the agency uses ISO as its short name to correspond with the French and Swiss translations of the title. Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. It has more than 17,000 standards designed for different products and services. Apart from providing standards, the organization publishes guides, technical addenda and technical specifications.

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