stop bath

noun Photography.
an acid bath or rinse for stopping the action of a developer before fixing a negative or print.
Also called shortstop, shortstop bath.


Origin:
1915–20

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stop bath
 
n
a weakly acidic solution used in photographic processing to stop the action of a developer on a film, plate, or paper before the material is immersed in fixer

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Example sentences
To prevent mis, the action of the devel- oper is arrested by transferring the
  film to a stop bath.
Immerse negative paper, film, or print in stop bath to arrest developer action.
Use an acid stop bath prior to fixing bath to reduce effect of alkaline
  developer on fixing bath pH.
Sometimes plain water is sufficient for a stop bath.
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