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[mahy-kros-kuh-pee, mahy-kruh-skoh-pee] /maɪˈkrɒs kə pi, ˈmaɪ krəˌskoʊ pi/
the use of the microscope.
microscopic investigation.
Origin of microscopy
First recorded in 1655-65; microscope + -y3
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[mahy-kros-kuh-pist, mahy-kruh-skoh-pist] /maɪˈkrɒs kə pɪst, ˌmaɪ krəˈskoʊ pɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • His specialism in microscopy I trusted might give valuable results in a field not hitherto investigated in the North.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • I have never been able to find a description or engraving of it in any work on microscopy.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
  • This salt is also used in microscopy to assist in fixing glass covers on glass slides.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • He "went in" for microscopy in the unphilosophical Victorian manner as his "hobby."

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Osmium tetroxide (OsO4) is a very volatile liquid and is used under the name of osmic acid as a stain for sections in microscopy.

  • They make excellent laboratory stands for elementary courses in microscopy.

  • Rick's interest in microscopy had begun with Barby's present of a complete microscope set.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Being a freshman, I was to get in the way of lectures only anatomy, physiology, microscopy and osteology.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic William Taylor Marrs
  • We classify, as in microscopy it is necessary to make sections for ease of examination.

  • Two of these plates are given here, which, even in this age of microscopy, are both interesting and instructive.

British Dictionary definitions for microscopy


the study, design, and manufacture of microscopes
investigation by use of a microscope
Derived Forms
microscopist (maɪˈkrɒskəpɪst) noun
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Word Origin and History for microscopy

1660s, from microscope + -y (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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microscopy in Medicine

microscopy mi·cros·co·py (mī-krŏs'kə-pē)

  1. The study of microscopes.

  2. The use of microscopes.

  3. Investigation by means of a microscope.

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