compound microscope


Definition of compound microscope

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

Examples of compound microscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swim," 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, "Spring Branch Education Foundation announces 2019 grants," 7 June 2019 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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First Known Use of compound microscope

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Compound microscope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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