Definition of Metol in English:

Metol

noun

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  • A soluble white compound used as a photographic developer.

    • ‘I made an exposure on Seagull, but to keep the contrast under control I was developing in Adam's Ansco 130 Variant, which has metol and glycin and gives a rather soft, warm rendering.’
    • ‘This is because they mostly contain two developing agents: either phenidone or metol, which effectively develop the lighter image tones, with hydroquinone, which is responsible for the heavier densities.’
    • ‘An earlier version of the formula published on the rec.photo newsgroup called for 2.5 grams of metol in place of the phenidone.’
    • ‘As I have explained in my Print Solarization article, the best developer for the Sabatier effect is one that contains metol only.’
    • ‘Developing agents most readily available were metol, hydroquinone, and Phenidone.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from German, arbitrarily named by the inventor.

Pronunciation:

Metol

/ˈmeˌtôl//-ˌtōl/