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electropolish

[ih-lek-troh-pol-ish] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˈpɒl ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to give a smooth surface to (metal) by dissolving projecting irregularities at the anode of an electrolytic cell.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; electro- + polish
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electrochemical process of smoothing a metallic surface. The metallic object is made the anode in an electrolytic reaction so controlled that its high spots dissolve, until only a smooth surface remains. Electropolishing is the reverse of the process of electroplating.

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