histology

noun

his·​tol·​o·​gy hi-ˈstä-lə-jē How to pronounce histology (audio)
plural histologies
1
: a branch of anatomy that deals with the minute structure of animal and plant tissues as discernible with the microscope
2
: tissue structure or organization
histological adjective
or histologic
histologically adverb
histologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Prior assessments of the sauropod's likely speed had been largely based on studying bone histology and evidence from trace fossils (especially footprints). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2022 Once the initial assessment was finished, Lossie would dissect the bird and send samples to different labs with the ADDL: The histology lab to make microscopic slides, the bacteriology lab, the virology lab and the molecular diagnostic lab. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 Additional test results for toxicology and histology could take another month. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 12 Jan. 2022 For their study, researchers collected specimens of Ramisyllis multicaudata and their host sponges from waters near Darwin, Australia, and examined them using microscopes, X-ray computed microtomography scans, histology and other techniques. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2021 French physician Xavier Bichat, considered the father of histology and tissue pathology, was the first person to look deeper than the organs, dissecting the organs and analyzing the tissues that comprised them. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, 11 Nov. 2020 Cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology testing are still necessary to determine the cause of death, according to the Medical Examiners Office. Chloe Melas, CNN, 9 Dec. 2019 Stage, grade, time since diagnosis, and histology can be entered to compute how many people survive for up to five years. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 15 Jan. 2020 Additional studies include cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French histologie, from hist- + -logie -logy

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of histology was circa 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Histology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histology. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

histology

noun

his·​tol·​o·​gy his-ˈtäl-ə-jē How to pronounce histology (audio)
plural histologies
1
: a branch of anatomy that deals with the structure of animal and plant tissues as seen under a microscope
2
: tissue structure or organization

Medical Definition

histology

noun

his·​tol·​o·​gy his-ˈtäl-ə-jē How to pronounce histology (audio)
plural histologies
1
: a branch of anatomy that deals with the minute structure of animal and plant tissues as discernible with the microscope compare gross anatomy
2
: a treatise on histology
3
: tissue structure or organization
histological adjective
or histologic
histologically adverb

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