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Yes indeed, the process of moving letters into a single unit is called kerning (though usually this is done for stylistic reasons). The new pleasing-to-the-eye unit is called a ligature. Sorry, I had to throw in my two cents, I am in the midst of reading the TeXbook (pg. 4) ;)
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