electron microscope

noun

Definition of electron microscope

: an electron-optical instrument in which a beam of electrons is used to produce an enlarged image of a minute object

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Other Words from electron microscope

electron microscopist noun
electron microscopy noun

Examples of electron microscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team euthanized four specimens to study the physical makeup of the glands’ structures, examining two of the animals with an electron microscope, according to the study, published July 3 in the journal iScience. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "These worm-like amphibians may have venomous saliva," 3 July 2020 Tests and electron microscope photos showed that these filopodia were packed with copies of the coronavirus as well as Casein Kinase II. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "‘There’s a cocktail out there that can cure this’: Inside a UCSF-led quest to exploit the coronavirus' weak spots," 26 June 2020 Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Half of the world's population exposed to increasing levels of air pollution, study shows," 19 June 2020 Grell cultivated the clonal strain of T. adhaerens that most researchers now grow in their labs, and studied it carefully under an electron microscope. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Butte County, among earliest in California to reopen, reports 1st coronavirus-related death," 2 June 2020 Elizabeth Fischer uses an electron microscope to capture images of the coronavirus, which is about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Time, "The Scientist Behind Some of the World's Best Coronavirus Images," 20 May 2020 Under an electron microscope, the spikes give the viral particle a crown-like appearance, hence corona viruses. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The Ars COVID-19 vaccine primer: 100-plus in the works, 8 in clinical trials," 1 May 2020 Those discoveries birthed the electron microscope and fuzzy pictures, or micrographs, of the virosphere. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "How the Coronavirus Got Its Close-Up, Thanks to Electrons," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of electron microscope

1932, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Electron microscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electron%20microscope. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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electron microscope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of electron microscope

technical : a very powerful microscope that uses a beam of electrons to produce a large image of a very small object

electron microscope

noun

Medical Definition of electron microscope

: an electron-optical instrument in which a beam of electrons is used to produce an enlarged image of a minute object

Other Words from electron microscope

electron microscopist noun
electron microscopy noun

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