pyrometallurgy

[pahy-ruh-met-l-ur-jee]
noun
  1. the process or technique of refining ores with heat so as to accelerate chemical reactions or to melt the metallic or nonmetallic content.

Origin of pyrometallurgy

First recorded in 1905–10; pyro- + metallurgy
Related formspy·ro·met·al·lur·gi·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pyrometallurgy

pyrometallurgy

noun
  1. the branch of metallurgy involving processes performed at high temperatures, including sintering, roasting, smelting, casting, refining, alloying, and heat treatment
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