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A printing process in which the image is created in relief on a soft plate and printed with a rotary press, used especially for printing on impervious or uneven surfaces such as commercial packaging.

flex·og′ra·pher n.
flex′o·graph′ic (-sə-grăf′ĭk) adj.
flex′o·graph′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a method of rotary letterpress printing using a resilient printing plate and solvent-based ink: used characteristically for printing on metal foil or plastic
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) matter printed by this method
Abbreviation: flexo
flexographic adj
ˌflexoˈgraphically adv


(flɛkˈsɒg ræ fi)

a relief printing technique similar to letterpress that employs rubber or soft plastic plates.
flex`o•graph′ic (-səˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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The new product can be attached to a flexo press allowing it to run either digitally or flexographically.
Can Can be be costly, depending flexographically on item.
be flexographically Can be costly, printed & depending on item.
It is a reusable module using conductive graphene inks that are flexographically printed inside the box.
The Bio-Pouch is flexographically surface-printed with a random four-color repeat graphic highlighting its biodegradable credentials.
The polypropylene is reverse-printed flexographically (see page 46 for more details) and can take foil-stamp decoration.
The Temptations packs are made by Amcor Flexibles in the UK, printed flexographically by AF Evesham and laminated by AF S&R, using PE supplied by AF Extrusion.
All entries must be flexographically printed and commercially produced during 2006.
supplies the flexographically printed paperboard sleeves and trays for Snack Stacks.
This heat seal material is flexographically coated within the sealing zone resulting in clean opening and controlled fiber-evident peel.
Where APM's earlier decorators printed flexographically, applying each color to cans without overlapping the different inks, the new machine prints cans in nearly any color imaginable by superimposing inks of four colors: yellow, magenta, cyan, and black.
Some envelope companies offer a variety of flexographically printed patterns which simulate the look of specialty stocks.