[ zi-rog-ruh-fee ]
/ zɪˈrɒg rə fi /


an electrostatic printing process for copying text or graphics whereby areas on a sheet of paper corresponding to the image areas of the original are sensitized with a charge of static electricity so that, when powdered with a toner carrying an opposite charge, only the charged areas retain the toner, which is then fused to the paper to make it permanent.

Origin of xerography

First recorded in 1945–50; xero- + -graphy

Related forms

xe·ro·graph·ic [zeer-uh-graf-ik] /ˌzɪər əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivexe·ro·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for xerography


/ (zɪˈrɒɡrəfɪ) /


a photocopying process in which an electrostatic image is formed on a selenium plate or cylinder. The plate or cylinder is dusted with a resinous powder, which adheres to the charged regions, and the image is then transferred to a sheet of paper on which it is fixed by heating

Derived Forms

xerographer, nounxerographic (ˌzɪərəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivexerographically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for xerography


[ zĭ-rŏgrə-fē ]


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