Federal Information Processing Standards-Validated Cryptography definition in Computer Security terms:
Definition(s): A cryptographic module validated by the Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) to meet requirements specified in FIPS 140-2 (as amended). As a prerequisite to CMVP validation, the cryptographic module is required to employ a cryptographic algorithm implementation that has successfully passed validation testing by the Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP). See NSA-approved cryptography.
Source(s): CNSSI 4009-2015 (NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 4)
reference: CSRC Glossary