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RIPEMD-160, which stands for RACE Integrity Primitives Evaluation Message Digest 160, is a cryptographic hash function. It takes an input message and generates a fixed-length 160-bit hash value. RIPEMD-160 is designed to produce a unique hash value for a given input, making it suitable for various applications that require data integrity verification and digital signatures. While less commonly used compared to other hash functions like SHA-256, RIPEMD-160 has found applications in certain blockchain networks and cryptographic protocols, contributing to secure data representation and verification in digital environments.