microprobe

noun

mi·​cro·​probe ˈmī-krə-ˌprōb How to pronounce microprobe (audio)
: a device for microanalysis that operates by exciting radiation in a minute area of material so that the composition may be determined from the emission spectrum

Examples of microprobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Engineers envision a laser on the lander that powers a microprobe, with the probe itself spooling fiber behind it. Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2019 But the University of Hawaii, where Meech is based, had just purchased a new ion microprobe that might be able to do the job. Nola Taylor Redd, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2019 Their microprobe takes advantage of minuscule forces between objects at the atomic level to grasp the polystyrene spheres, which in turn hold the axon. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2016 Adding an ion microprobe means taking off something else. G. Ryan Faith, Wired, 14 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microprobe was in 1932

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“Microprobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microprobe. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

microprobe

noun
mi·​cro·​probe -ˌprōb How to pronounce microprobe (audio)
: a device for microanalysis that operates by exciting radiation in a minute area or volume of material so that the composition may be determined from the emission spectrum
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