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

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Each year, Nikon runs a microscopy competition honoring the best images of all things small. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Some of this year’s best microscopy images," 17 Oct. 2018 With robots already studying their flying patterns, the new glowing microscopy could help researchers better understand neurological diseases like Alzheimer's. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Glowing Fruit Fly Heads Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain," 26 Nov. 2018 Because the hardest part of underwater microscopy is focusing, the scientists built an electrically tunable lens that works much like the lens in your eye. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Underwater Microscope That Can Survive on the Ocean Floor," 12 Sep. 2016 Images captured by transmission electron microscopy show blobs of collagen bundles and long, snaky cells. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.," 31 Mar. 2018 The team used electron microscopy, a technique that sends beams of electrons through a particle, projecting an image. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "High-Resolution Snapshot of Zika Virus Reveals Clues to Fighting It," 26 June 2018 However, light-sheet fluorescence microscopy is a technology particularly suited to imaging large volumes quickly and without causing any damage. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 2018 Since its beginnings over 400 years ago, microscopy has made leaps and bounds—even zeroing in on individual atoms. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Watch Cells Move Within Living Animals in This Breathtaking Footage," 30 Apr. 2018 The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy that can determine high-resolution structures of biomolecules in solution. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Nobel Prize Explainer: Catching Proteins in the Act," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of microscopy

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

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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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