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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To find out, the authors set the state of the device, removed the MoTe2 layer, and then subjected it to electron microscopy. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 Alternative approaches, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and cryoelectron microscopy, also require large amounts of a protein and can take months. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Mutant genes could supercharge efforts to decipher protein structures," 18 June 2019 Using a type of fluorescent microscopy, researchers from Pennsylvania State University watched fungal colonization in ants from the gaster, the rear end of the abdomen, to the head—and found no trace of fungal cells in the brain. Jennifer Lu, National Geographic, "How a parasitic fungus turns ants into 'zombies'," 18 Apr. 2019 In addition to microscopy and X-ray analyses, Gillreath-Brown reconstructed exact replicas of the tool and used them to tattoo pig skin. Krista Langlois, National Geographic, "2,000-year-old tattoo needle identified by archaeologists," 28 Feb. 2019 While most of you may know Nikon as a camera company, microscopy is a sibling of photography in many ways beyond the involvement of high-end lenses. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Some of this year’s best microscopy images," 17 Oct. 2018 Now, scientists have figured out how to use atomic force microscopy (AFM) to detect bladder cancer in urine samples. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce microscopy (audio) \
plural microscopies

Medical Definition of microscopy

: the use of or investigation with the microscope

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