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[zi-rog-ruh-fee] /zɪˈrɒg rə fi/
an electrostatic printing process for copying text or graphics whereby areas on a sheet of paper corresponding to the image areas of the original are sensitized with a charge of static electricity so that, when powdered with a toner carrying an opposite charge, only the charged areas retain the toner, which is then fused to the paper to make it permanent.
1945-50; xero- + -graphy
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[zeer-uh-graf-ik] /ˌzɪər əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
xerographically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for xerographic


a photocopying process in which an electrostatic image is formed on a selenium plate or cylinder. The plate or cylinder is dusted with a resinous powder, which adheres to the charged regions, and the image is then transferred to a sheet of paper on which it is fixed by heating
Derived Forms
xerographer, noun
xerographic (ˌzɪərəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
xerographically, adverb
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xerographic in Medicine

xerography xe·rog·ra·phy (zĭ-rŏg'rə-fē)
See xeroradiography.

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any of several image-forming processes, principally xerography and the dielectric process, that rely on photoconductive substances whose electrical resistance decreases when light falls on them; it is the basis of the most widely used document-copying machines.

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