histology

noun
his·tol·o·gy | \ hi-ˈstä-lə-jē \
plural histologies

Definition of histology 

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

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Other words from histology

histological \ˌhi-stə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \ or histologic \ˌhi-stə-ˈlä-jik \ adjective
histologically \ˌhi-stə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
histologist \hi-ˈstä-lə-jist \ noun

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Interested in research more than treatment, Cajal turned to histology, or cell theory, a discipline that had flowered since the introduction of powerful microscopes in the 1830s. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 Thankfully, Maisy has fully recovered following the cancer scare and a histology report has shown no signs of cancer. Fox News, "Sick dog's 'cancer' revealed to be chewed up teddy bears," 20 Apr. 2018 The old pillars of medical school — pathology, anatomy, histology and pharmacology — are now woven into courses organized by organ system. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Timeline: The illustrated history of the UC San Diego School of Medicine," 18 Mar. 2018 To study the anatomy of the brain, Schnitzlein’s lab employed a centuries-old technique: tissue histology. Lynne Parenti, Smithsonian, "How the Smithsonian’s Coelacanth Lost Its Brain and Got It Back Again," 14 Mar. 2018 A final ruling on the cause and manner of Lesley's death is pending the results of toxicology, neuropathology, histology and microbiology examinations. Haley Hansen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee woman charged with child abuse after her toddler's death," 20 Aug. 2017 Histology, according to Sefton, is similar to toxicology tests the coroner runs on adults, but since children are less likely to have substances in their systems, histology is another test the office can run to help determine a manner of death. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "East Chicago police investigating 4-year-old's death as homicide," 9 June 2017 The coroner's office had been waiting on histology reports before making a ruling in Garrion's death, according to Sefton. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "East Chicago police investigating 4-year-old's death as homicide," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of histology

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for histology

French histologie, from hist- + -logie -logy

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The first known use of histology was circa 1847

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histology

noun
his·tol·o·gy | \ his-ˈtäl-ə-jē \
plural histologies

Medical Definition of histology 

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

Other words from histology

histological \ˌhis-tə-ˈläj-i-kəl \ or histologic \-ˈläj-ik \ adjective
histologically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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