mi·​cros·​co·​py | \ mī-ˈkrä-skə-pē How to pronounce microscopy (audio) \

Definition of microscopy

: the use of or investigation with a microscope

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microscopist \ mī-​ˈkrä-​skə-​pist How to pronounce microscopist (audio) \ noun

Examples of microscopy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the past few weeks, however, online traffic has doubled for the lab’s citizen science project Etch a Cell, says Martin Jones, deputy head of microscopy prototyping. James Dinneen/undark, Popular Science, "Science is finding ways to thrive during the pandemic, and you can help," 20 Apr. 2020 Of course, the subject possibilities are as diverse as all of history, from the Great Wall of China to the microscopy of Leeuwenhoek. al, "COVID-19 can’t stop Alabama History Day," 15 Apr. 2020 So the neurobiologists took a peek inside the mice's heads using two-photon imaging, a type of microscopy that can penetrate tissue to show how living cells move and change. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Mice make different faces depending on how they feel -- and that could impact how we treat mood disorders, a new study says," 2 Apr. 2020 The viruses are nearly identical in morphology under electron microscopy. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Mystery virus found in Wuhan resembles bat viruses but not SARS, Chinese scientist says," 10 Jan. 2020 But several microscopy studies have revealed more complex migrations. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "New drugs aim to disarm the immune system’s ‘atomic bomb’ cells," 5 Mar. 2020 Using the finest-resolution imagery available from electron microscopy, researchers have traced the contours of a key complex in this machinery called cytochrome b6f. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Key Photosynthesis Complex Viewed in Spinach," 13 Nov. 2019 Researchers studied the parasite via sequencing and with the use of fluorescent microscopy to discover that the cells within the parasite lost the genes that made aerobic respiration possible. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Somehow This Weird Parasite Can Survive Without Oxygen," 29 Feb. 2020 The research team used transmission electron microscopy in collaboration with the SALVE Project at the University of Ulm. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Whoa: Watch the First-Ever Video of Atoms Bonding Together," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of microscopy

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microscopy was circa 1665

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20 May 2020

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“Microscopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscopy. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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mi·​cros·​co·​py | \ mī-ˈkräs-kə-pē How to pronounce microscopy (audio) \
plural microscopies

Medical Definition of microscopy

: the use of or investigation with the microscope

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