Meaning of electroless plating

e•lec'tro•less plat'ing

Pronunciation: (i-lek'trō-lis), [key]
  1. a technique of plating metal by chemical rather than electrical means, in which the piece to be plated is immersed in a reducing agent that, when catalyzed by certain materials, changes metal ions to metal that forms a deposit on the piece.
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