mi·​cros·​co·​py | \mī-ˈkräs-kə-pē \

Definition of microscopy 

: the use of or investigation with a microscope

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microscopist \ -​pist \ noun

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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 Micro-CT scans combines microscopy and X-ray imaging to illustrate the inner world of tiny objects in intense detail. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "These Brain Worms Turn Ants Into Death-Seeking Zombies," 10 June 2018 Kaltofen used an unusual technique that involves both electron microscopy and a specialized X-ray analysis that can detect extremely low levels of radioactive particles. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Study: Traces of radioactive contamination found in homes of six Hanford workers," 14 June 2018 The same problem applies to trying to see inside large samples using fluorescence microscopy. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 2018

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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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mi·​cros·​co·​py | \mī-ˈkräs-kə-pē \
plural microscopies

Medical Definition of microscopy 

: the use of or investigation with the microscope

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