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microscope

noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

: a device used for producing a much larger view of very small objects so that they can be seen clearly

Full Definition of MICROSCOPE

1
:  an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects; especially :  compound microscope
2
:  a non-optical instrument (as one using radiations other than light or using vibrations) for making enlarged images of minute objects <an acoustic microscope>

Examples of MICROSCOPE

  1. Students viewed the crystals through a microscope.

Origin of MICROSCOPE

New Latin microscopium, from micr- + -scopium -scope
First Known Use: 1651
MICROSCOPE Defined for Kids

microscope

noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Definition of MICROSCOPE for Kids

:  an instrument with one or more lenses used to help a person to see something very small by making it appear larger
Medical Dictionary

microscope

noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Medical Definition of MICROSCOPE

1
:  an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects; especially :  compound microscope—see light microscope, phase-contrast microscope, polarizing microscope, reflecting microscope, ultraviolet microscope
2
:  an instrument using radiations other than light or using vibrations for making enlarged images of minute objects <an acoustic microscope>—see electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, x-ray microscope

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