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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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