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A planographic printing process using plates made according to a photographic image.

pho′to·lith′o·graph′ic (-lĭth′ə-grăf′ĭk) adj.
pho′to·lith′o·graph′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a lithographic printing process using photographically made plates. Often shortened to: photolitho
2. (Electronics) electronics a process used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, thin-film circuits, optical devices, and printed circuits in which a particular pattern is transferred from a photograph onto a substrate, producing a pattern that acts as a mask during an etching or diffusion process. See also planar process
ˌphotoliˈthographer n
photolithographic adj
ˌphotoˌlithoˈgraphically adv


(ˌfoʊ toʊ lɪˈθɒg rə fi)

1. the technique or art of making photolithographs.
2. a process whereby integrated and printed circuits are produced by photographing the circuit pattern on a photosensitive substrate and chemically etching away the background.
pho`to•li•thog′ra•pher, n.


the process of making lithographs produced by photoengraving. Cf. photogravure. — photolithographer, n.photolithographic, adj.
See also: Photography
the process of making lithographs produced by photoengraving. Cf. photogravure. — photolithographer, n. — photolithographic, adj.
See also: Engraving
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.photolithography - a planographic printing process using plates made from a photographic image
lithography - a method of planographic printing from a metal or stone surface


[ˌfəʊtəʊlɪˈθɒgrəfɪ] Nfotolitografía f
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