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That definition of "comprise" is more or less the opposite of the British English definition, where "A comprises B, C and D" means "A includes B, C and D and nothing else." E.g Parliament comprises the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Queen.

I agree. It confused me when I first started looking at patents but the accepted usage in patent law is that it is open-ended and can include other non-mentioned elements.

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