compound microscope


Definition of compound microscope

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

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Invented in the 16th century, the compound microscope did not contribute to scientific breakthroughs for 70 years. Lloyd Minor, Fortune, "What The First Microscopes Teach Us About Electronic Health Records," 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, "Humankind’s Most Important Material," 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, "The Long, Winding Tale of Sperm Science," 7 June 2017

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circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of compound microscope

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

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