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[mahy-kruh-tohm] /ˈmaɪ krəˌtoʊm/
an instrument for cutting very thin sections, as of organic tissue, for microscopic examination.
Origin of microtome
First recorded in 1855-60; micro- + -tome
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[mahy-kruh-tom-ik] /ˌmaɪ krəˈtɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
microtomist, noun Unabridged
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  • My hunting knife, honed as fine as the edge of a microtome blade.

    Backlash Winston Marks
  • There's a microtome in the laboratory here, but I might take weeks to get on terms with it.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • Murt found Phyllis Sutton at the microtome, finishing a wax section, and showed her the bulletin.

    Mate in Two Moves Winston Marks
  • I leave the problem to the masters of the microtome and the scalpel.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • After hardening, sections were obtained of the paint film by means of a microtome.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
  • If a microtome takes a liking to you, she'll work herself to the bone while you merely rest your hand on the lever.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • The method of using this microtome can be understood by reference to the illustration.

  • The demonstrator turned, walked slowly back past the microtome, and left the laboratory by the preparation-room door.

  • Henceforth I'll keep to the strictly neutral 'it' when I mention a microtome.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • When cold, the sections may be cut in any of the ordinary forms of microtome.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
British Dictionary definitions for microtome


an instrument used for cutting thin sections, esp of biological material, for microscopical examination
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microtome in Medicine

microtome mi·cro·tome (mī'krə-tōm')
An instrument that is used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination. Also called histotome.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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