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Electronic Mail (Email)

What Does Electronic Mail (Email) Mean?

Electronic mail (email) is a digital mechanism for exchanging messages through Internet or intranet communication platforms.

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Techopedia Explains Electronic Mail (Email)

Email messages are relayed through email servers, which are provided by all Internet service providers (ISP).

Emails are transmitted between two dedicated server folders: sender and recipient. A sender saves, sends or forwards email messages, whereas a recipient reads or downloads emails by accessing an email server.

Email messages are comprised of three components, as follows:

  • Message envelope: Describes the email’s electronic format
  • Message header: Includes sender/recipient information and email subject line
  • Message body: Includes text, image and file attachments
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Synonyms

Email Address, Electronic Mail Address

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