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 microscopy (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "No-Kill, High-Resolution 3-D Movies of Cells Now Possible," 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, "Entomology Honeybees run vaccination programmes, too," 18 Mar. 2021 For biologists who study development light sheet microscopy, especially using structured illumination, is a godsend. Veronique Greenwood, Scientific American, "New Microscope Enables Real-Time 3-D Movies of Developing Embryos [Slide Show]," 1 Sep. 2010 It was made using fast 3D wide-field structured illumination microscopy. Megan Gannon, Scientific American, "Videos of Live Embryos, Cancer Cell Win 'Small World' Awards," 24 Apr. 2014 The tiny creature's heart, measuring only slightly wider than a human hair, throbs and pumps blood cells into the surrounding network of vessels in the video created via light sheet microscopy. Megan Gannon, Scientific American, "Videos of Live Embryos, Cancer Cell Win 'Small World' Awards," 24 Apr. 2014 Cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, is a technique that allows scientists to view proteins frozen in a thin layer of ice, bypassing the need for crystallization. Daniel Wrapp, Science, "They spent 12 years solving a puzzle. It yielded the first COVID-19 vaccines.," 31 Dec. 2020 Using advanced microscopy, spectroscopy and in situ mechanical testing, researchers identified the architectural designs within the creature's exoskeleton. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "This super-beetle can survive being run over by a car -- and help with engineering problems," 21 Oct. 2020 Electron microscopy revealed that when hair pushes against weak points on the metal blade, the steel chips apart. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Scientific Reason Why Razors Don’t Stay Sharp for Long," 11 Aug. 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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“Microscopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscopy. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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