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/tit'ee/ (ITS pronunciation, but some Unix people say it this way as well; this pronunciation is not considered to have sexual undertones), /T T Y/

1. teletypewriter.

2. (Especially Unix) Any terminal at all; sometimes used to refer to the particular terminal controlling a given job (it is also the name of a Unix command which outputs the name of the current controlling terminal).

3. (Unix) Any serial port, whether or not the device connected to it is a terminal; so called because under Unix such devices have names of the form tty*. Ambiguity between senses 2 and 3 is common but seldom bothersome.

4. A TDD.


(TeleTYpewriter) See teletypewriter and TDD/TTY.
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The transaction will see PharmaMar retain exclusive production rights and provide the finished product to TTY Biopharm for commercial use.
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Instead of speaking, Bandolas pressed the space bar on her TTY device, sending a signal to Kritch's computer alerting her that a hearing- or speech-impaired person was on the line.
There is a heavy need to launch literature for the deaf and hard-of-hearing who do not have access to the Internet," says Chad Ludwig, senior supervisor for TTY service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National STD and AIDS Hotlines and the chairman of the National Coalition in Deaf Community and HIV/ AIDS.
The current Massachusetts relay number, 1-800-439-2370 for TTY calls and 1-800-439-0183 for voice calls, continues to be available for calls
This product comes closer than any other TTY product to giving deaf and hard-of-hearing customers full access to the ease and efficiency of the modern telephone," said John Cox, product manager, AT&T consumer products.
However, thanks to technology, a very simple device called a TEXTTELEPHONE (there are two recognized abbreviations, TTY and TDD, of which the first is becoming the standard) allows phone communication.
A relay communication assistant acts as a telephone interpreter, conveying the conversation between TTY and TTY nonusers.
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