• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Phototype A plate or block with a printing surface (usually in relief) obtained from a photograph; also, any one of the many methods of processes by which such a printing surface is obtained.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phototype A type or plate for printing, of the same nature as an engraved relief-block, produced by an application of the photographic properties of gelatin sensitized with a bichromate (see photo-engraving), or by a combination of photographic and etching processes or a combination of photographic and mechanical processes, as when the lines in intaglio are produced by mechanical pressure, these processes when combined being commonly spoken of as a single general process; especially, the process known as photozincography. See photozincography, photolithography, and photoglyphy.
    • n phototype A picture printed from a relief-plate prepared by a phototype process.
    • phototype Pertaining to or produced by means of phototypy: as, a phototype process, plate, or print.
    • phototype To reproduce in phototype or by phototypy.
    • n phototype A photomechanical process; phototypy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phototype fō′tō-tīp a type or plate of the same nature as an engraved plate, produced from a photograph
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Photo-, + -type,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phōs, phōtos, light, typos, type.


In literature:

PHOTOTYPE, a block with impressions produced by photography from which engravings, &c., can be printed.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Fourth, there is a printing department in which phototypes are produced on sensitized paper from tracings.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
You should not call their anxiety for their phototypes, autographs or anything as a remembrance foolish.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
With 14 Phototypes of the Horse in motion.
"A Rambler's lease" by Bradford Torrey
With numerous Illustrations, including 6 Plates in Phototype.
"A List of Kegan Paul, Trench and Co.'s Publications (1887)" by Anonymous

In science:

This provides the phototype for the surgery.
On a classification of the gradient shrinking solitons