compound microscope


: a microscope consisting of an objective and an eyepiece mounted in a drawtube

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the compound microscope, invented around 1600, opened up a hidden world of microbes, allowing scientists to start naming them after their shapes, said Richard Barnett, a historian of science in Britain. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021 Hooke’s observations were based on a relatively simple compound microscope that had two lenses. Paul Falkowski, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2015 In 1677 Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch scientist and inventor of the first compound microscope, finally gave into peer pressure from his colleagues and used the tool to examine his own semen. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2020 Spring Branch Academic Institute - The biology/science classroom will add two digital stereomicroscopes and an advanced compound microscope to its lab. Houston Chronicle, 7 June 2019 Invented in the 16th century, the compound microscope did not contribute to scientific breakthroughs for 70 years. Lloyd Minor, Fortune, 5 June 2018 Around 1590, the father-son team Hans and Zacharias Janssen invented a compound microscope, with lenses at two ends of a tube, producing a nine-power enlargement. Doug Main, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2018 The person with the dubious honor of being the first to study sperm in detail was Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutchman who developed the early compound microscope. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, 7 June 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compound microscope was circa 1859

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“Compound microscope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

compound microscope

: a microscope having an objective and an eyepiece in a tube that can be adjusted in length

Medical Definition

compound microscope

: a microscope consisting of an objective and an eyepiece mounted in a telescoping tube

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