atomic force microscope

noun

Definition of atomic force microscope

: an instrument used for mapping the atomic-scale topography of a surface by means of the repulsive electronic forces between the surface and the tip of a microscope probe moving above the surface abbreviation AFM

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from atomic force microscope

atomic force microscopy noun

Examples of atomic force microscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The chemists then used the tip of an atomic force microscope to zap off the CO groups, eventually removing them all to create their 18-carbon ring (simulated above). Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Carbon atoms marry to form first-ever ring," 15 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'atomic force microscope.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of atomic force microscope

1986, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about atomic force microscope

Statistics for atomic force microscope

Last Updated

22 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for atomic force microscope

The first known use of atomic force microscope was in 1986

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for atomic force microscope

atomic force microscope

noun

Medical Definition of atomic force microscope

: an instrument used for mapping the atomic-scale topography of a surface by means of the repulsive electronic forces between the surface and the tip of a microscopic probe moving above the surface abbreviation AFM

Comments on atomic force microscope

What made you want to look up atomic force microscope? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not constant or steady

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!