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microscope

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Simple Definition of microscope

  • : 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. 1 :  an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects; especially :  compound microscope

  2. 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

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Definition of microscope

  1. :  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

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Medical Definition of microscope

  1. 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. 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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