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xerography

[zi-rog-ruh-fee] /zɪˈrɒg rə fi/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; xero- + -graphy
Related forms
xerographic
[zeer-uh-graf-ik] /ˌzɪər əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
xerographically, adverb
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Examples for xerography
  • Offset remains dominant-it may be one day be replaced by high-speed xerography-but it has eliminated the film stage.
British Dictionary definitions for xerography

xerography

/zɪˈrɒɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
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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xerography in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for xerography

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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