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 This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, the coronavirus virus that causes COVID-19 As of now, the state is not following the lead of its most-populous county in recommending further mask wearing. Luke Money And Melissa Hernandez Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 The team then stained the tissue samples from the four patients and used an electron microscope to examine them. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 16 May 2021 In 1931, German physicists developed the prototype electron microscope. Jennifer Kite-powell, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Until recently, one of the main imaging tools used by vaccinologists, the cryogenic electron microscope, wasn’t powerful enough to visualize viral proteins, which are incredibly tiny. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 For their study, Rivera demonstrated this by compressing a cross section of the DIB’s exoskeleton in a sort of miniature vise and pointing an electron microscope at it. Matt Simon, Wired, 21 Oct. 2020 While bacteria are much larger and can be viewed under a light microscope, viruses require an electron microscope, which was not yet invented in 1918, Markel said. USA Today, 21 Nov. 2020 Looking through an electron microscope, any cracks in an object should show up as bright white spots. Matt Simon, Wired, 21 Oct. 2020 Li placed the smidgen of ice into a cryo-electron microscope. Carl Zimmer New York Times, Star Tribune, 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of electron microscope

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Electron microscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electron%20microscope. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for electron microscope

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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