presensitized plate

presensitized plate

[prē′sen·sə‚tīzd ′plāt]
(graphic arts)
In a photomechanical process, a metal or paper plate that has been precoated with a light-sensitive substance.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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