py·​ro·​met·​al·​lur·​gy ˌpī-rō-ˈme-tə-ˌlər-jē How to pronounce pyrometallurgy (audio)
 especially British  -mə-ˈta-lə-
: chemical metallurgy depending on heat action (such as roasting and smelting)
pyrometallurgical adjective

Examples of pyrometallurgy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The more common is pyrometallurgy, in which recyclers first mechanically shred the cell and then burn it, leaving a charred mass of plastic, metals, and glues. Ian Morse, Science | AAAS, 20 May 2021 While the ash will contain useful materials, pyrometallurgy can produce toxic fumes and limits the recovery of other valuable components. Shel Evergreen, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 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

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pyrometallurgy was in 1908

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“Pyrometallurgy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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