histology


his·tol·o·gy

noun \his-ˈtä-lə-jē\
plural his·tol·o·gies

Definition of HISTOLOGY

1
:  a branch of anatomy that deals with the minute structure of animal and plant tissues as discernible with the microscope
2
:  tissue structure or organization
his·to·log·i·cal \ˌhis-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ or his·to·log·ic \-ˈlä-jik\ adjective
his·to·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
his·tol·o·gist \his-ˈtä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of HISTOLOGY

French histologie, from hist- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: circa 1847

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

his·tol·o·gy

noun \his-ˈtäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural his·tol·o·gies

Medical Definition of HISTOLOGY

1
: a branch of anatomy that deals with the minute structure of animal and plant tissues as discernible with the microscope—compare gross anatomy
2
: a treatise on histology
3
: tissue structure or organization
his·to·log·i·cal \ˌhis-tə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ or his·to·log·ic \-ˈläj-ik\ adjective
his·to·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

histology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of biology concerned with the composition and structure of plant and animal tissues in relation to their specialized functions. Its aim is to determine how tissues are organized at all structural levels, from cells and intercellular substances to organs. Histologists examine extremely thin slices of human tissue under microscopes, using dye to increase the contrast between cellular components.

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