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The study of the structure of metals and alloys, especially by optical and electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction.

met′al·log′ra·pher n.
me·tal′lo·graph′ic (mə-tăl′ə-grăf′ĭk) adj.
me·tal′lo·graph′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Metallurgy) the branch of metallurgy concerned with the composition and structure of metals and alloys
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a lithographic process using metal plates instead of stone; metal lithography
ˌmetalˈlographer, ˌmetalˈlographist n
metallographic adj
meˌtalloˈgraphically adv


(ˌmɛt lˈɒg rə fi)

the study of the structure of metals and alloys by means of microscopy.
met`al•log′ra•pher, met`al•log′ra•phist, n.
met•al•lo•graph•ic (məˌtæl əˈgræf ɪk) me•tal`lo•graph′i•cal, adj.


an offset printing process, similar to lithography, using metal plates instead of stone.
See also: Printing
the study of metals and their structures and properties by the use of microscopy and x rays.
See also: Metals, Radiation
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At the termination of the test the stressed pipe surface is subjected to magnetic particle inspection (MPI) and any indications observed are metallographically examined and classified.
The samples of both steels, after complete thermomechanical modelling, were first evaluated metallographically.
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Metallographically self-compaction is proved by the lack of porosity and laminated structure characteristic of plasma coatings.
Castings exhibiting severe defects were sectioned and metallographically examined.
Carlton reported the occurrence of spots on metallographically prepared surfaces of the Au20-Cu80 and the Au60-Cu40 wires (11).
The metallographically prepared samples were further examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM).