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Input/Output (I/O)

Vangie Beal
Last Updated July 14, 2022 3:14 pm

Short for input/output (pronounced “eye-oh”). The term I/O is used to describe any program, operation, or device that transfers data to or from a computer and to or from a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input into another. Devices such as keyboards and mouses are input-only devices while devices such as printers are output-only. A writable CD-ROM is both an input and an output device.