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Is there a term to describe when software programmers rewrite code for better efficiency, more throughput with less space.

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I suspect you want "(manual) program optimization".

From Wikipedia:

In computer science, program optimization or software optimization is the process of modifying a software system to make some aspect of it work more efficiently or use fewer resources. In general, a computer program may be optimized so that it executes more rapidly, or is capable of operating with less memory storage or other resources, or draw less power.

"Manual", because it's done by the programmer, and not by a compiler (in which case it would be "automated").

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I was actually looking for 'Code Refactoring' which while falling in the general manual program optimization part, I was looking for something more specific, as have shared.

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The term you ae looking for is

refactoring

thi is the commonly used term these days for rewriting code to improve it, longer ago the term might have been

code rewrite

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