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

Definition of microscopy

: the use of or investigation with a microscope

Other Words from microscopy

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

Examples of microscopy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To record the wing's formation process without damaging the delicate cells, the research team used speckle-correlation reflection phase microscopy. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 Newer techniques like the electron microscopy used by Subramaniam can be faster, but the process is still far from easy. Tom Simonite, Wired, 10 Jan. 2022 So far, electron microscopy and water quality testing with help from Baolin Deng in the College of Engineering indicate the environmental impact should be negligible, Buttlar says. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 Lehmann, whose studies using advanced microscopy and spectroscopy were among the first to reveal the absence of humus, has become the concept’s debunker-in-chief. Quanta Magazine, 2 Aug. 2021 In 2004 Jan Huisken of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and colleagues published a paper establishing structured plane illumination microscopy, or SPIM, and the field has been booming ever since. Jen Christiansen, Scientific American, 21 May 2013 And, sure enough, fluorescent microscopy confirmed that fragments of P. larvae were getting into royal jelly secreted by those bees which had been fed with the laced sugar-water. The Economist, 18 Mar. 2021 For biologists who study development light sheet microscopy, especially using structured illumination, is a godsend. Veronique Greenwood, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2010 It was made using fast 3D wide-field structured illumination microscopy. Megan Gannon, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2014 See More

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First Known Use of microscopy

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

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“Microscopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscopy. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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