hy·​dro·​met·​al·​lur·​gy ˌhī-drō-ˈme-tə-ˌlər-jē How to pronounce hydrometallurgy (audio)
: the treatment of ores by wet processes (such as leaching)
hydrometallurgical adjective
hydrometallurgist noun

Examples of hydrometallurgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To extract those needles, recyclers rely on two techniques, known as pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. Ian Morse, Science | AAAS, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrometallurgy was circa 1859

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“Hydrometallurgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrometallurgy. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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