Define: Xerography

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Definition: Xerography

Quick Summary of Xerography

forming an image by the action of light on a specially coated charged plate; the latent image is developed with powders that adhere only to electrically charged areas.

What is the dictionary definition of Xerography?

Dictionary Definition

A photocopying process in which a negative image formed on an electrically charged plate is transferred as a positive to paper and thermally fixed.


Full Definition of Xerography

Xenography is a dry electrostatic process used for making photocopies and for printing with a laser printer.

In a plain-paper photocopier, an electrostatic image is formed on a plate (or cylinder) coated with selenium, which is then dusted with a resinous toner that selectively sticks to charged areas. The resulting image is then transferred onto paper; whereby it is affixed to it via heating.


Synonyms For Xerography

electrophotography, chromoxylography, tracing, printing, reproduction

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Xerography are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 25th March, 2020