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Carbon copy (cc or c.c.) refers to the process of sending a copy of an email message to one or more recipients. It is used in Internet-based email communication systems to simultaneously broadcast or address multiple email addresses. Carbon copy is also known as first carbon copy (first cc) or courtesy copy (cc).
For example, an email addressed to a manager may be useful for the manager's team members or related personnel. Thus, the manager's email address is entered in the "To" field, and other recipients are added to the "CC" field.
Recipients that are carbon copied on email messages have the ability to see and reply to all email addresses in the "CC" and "To" fields.