microscope

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Definition of microscope

  1. 1 :  an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects; especially :  compound microscope

  2. 2 :  a non-optical instrument (as one using radiations other than light or using vibrations) for making enlarged images of minute objects an acoustic microscope

Examples of microscope in a sentence

  1. Students viewed the crystals through a microscope.

Origin and Etymology of microscope

New Latin microscopium, from micr- + -scopium -scope


First Known Use: 1648



MICROSCOPE Defined for English Language Learners

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Definition of microscope for English Language Learners

  • : a device used for producing a much larger view of very small objects so that they can be seen clearly


MICROSCOPE Defined for Kids

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Definition of microscope for Students

  1. :  an instrument with one or more lenses used to help a person to see something very small by making it appear larger


Medical Dictionary

microscope

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noun mi·cro·scope \ˈmī-krə-ˌskōp\

Medical Definition of microscope

  1. 1:  an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects; especially :  compound microscope—see light microscope, phase-contrast microscope, polarizing microscope, reflecting microscope, ultraviolet microscope

  2. 2:  an instrument using radiations other than light or using vibrations for making enlarged images of minute objects an acoustic microscope—see electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, x-ray microscope

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