mi·​cros·​co·​py mī-ˈkrä-skə-pē How to pronounce microscopy (audio)
: the use of or investigation with a microscope
microscopist noun

Examples of microscopy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By using different types of electron microscopy along with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry, the researchers determined what they were made of. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2023 According to a press release, researchers used laser light, electron microscopy and X-ray scattering to characterize the optical properties of skin and muscle samples of the fish. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2023 With special stains and microscopy, both parasites look like little rings inside red blood cells. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2023 Using molecular biology and microscopy techniques, the researchers examined human sperm cells across their developmental stages. Sneha Khedkar, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2023 The first step was to visualize the taffy's interior bubbles and droplets, which could not be done with conventional light microscopy because the candy is opaque. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 Sep. 2023 The team used transmission electron microscopy to image the hopfion, and measuring its location more efficiently is an outstanding problem. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Dec. 2023 The researchers used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques to take their measurements. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Oct. 2023 To image these strange viruses, scientists sent samples to the Max Planck Institute in Germany, where they were examined using transmission electron microscopy—a process that leverages electrons to magnify objects. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mi·​cros·​co·​py mī-ˈkräs-kə-pē How to pronounce microscopy (audio)
: the use of the microscope : investigation with the microscope

Medical Definition


mi·​cros·​co·​py mī-ˈkräs-kə-pē How to pronounce microscopy (audio)
plural microscopies
: the use of or investigation with the microscope

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