Definition of platen
1 : a flat plate; especially : one that exerts or receives pressure (as in a printing press)
2 : the roller of a typewriter or printer
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The ceramic substrate, called a platen, will then be glued on with a thermally conductive adhesive.
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Origin and Etymology of platen
Middle English plateine thin metal plate, from Anglo-French, from plate
First Known Use: 1541See Words from the same year
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