Definition of Pattinson's process in English:

Pattinson's process

(also Pattinson process)

noun

Metallurgy
historical
  • A process formerly used for desilverizing and purifying lead, in which the metal is repeatedly subjected to a cycle of melting, recrystallizing the purer lead, and separating the silver-rich alloy that is still fluid.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. From genitive of the name of Hugh Lee Pattinson, English metallurgical chemist, who patented the process in 1833 ( Brit. Pat. 6497) + process. In some forms from Pattinson + process.

Pronunciation

Pattinson's process

/ˈpatɪns(ə)nz ˌprəʊsɛs/