[ foh-toh-li-thog-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌfoʊ toʊ lɪˈθɒg rə fi /


the technique or art of making photolithographs.
Electronics. a process whereby integrated and printed circuits are produced by photographing the circuit pattern on a photosensitive substrate and chemically etching away the background.

Nearby words

  1. photoisomerization,
  2. photojournalism,
  3. photokinesis,
  4. photolitho,
  5. photolithograph,
  6. photoluminescence,
  7. photoluminescent,
  8. photolysis,
  9. photolyze,
  10. photom.

Origin of photolithography

First recorded in 1855–60; photo- + lithography

Related formspho·to·lith·o·graph·ic [foh-tuh-lith-uh-graf-ik] /ˌfoʊ təˌlɪθ əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivepho·to·li·thog·ra·pher, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for photolithography


/ (ˌfəʊtəʊlɪˈθɒɡrəfɪ) /


a lithographic printing process using photographically made platesOften shortened to: photolitho (ˌfəʊtəʊˈlaɪθəʊ)
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 processSee also planar process
Derived Formsphotolithographer, nounphotolithographic (ˌfəʊtəʊˌlɪθəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivephotolithographically, adverb

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