- an instrument for cutting very thin sections, as of organic tissue, for microscopic examination.
Origin of microtome
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Examples from the Web for microtome
When cold, the sections may be cut in any of the ordinary forms of microtome.On Laboratory Arts
My hunting knife, honed as fine as the edge of a microtome blade.Backlash
After hardening, sections were obtained of the paint film by means of a microtome.Paint Technology and Tests
Henry A. Gardner
There's a microtome in the laboratory here, but I might take weeks to get on terms with it.
Henceforth I'll keep to the strictly neutral 'it' when I mention a microtome.
- an instrument used for cutting thin sections, esp of biological material, for microscopical examination
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- An instrument that is used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination.histotome
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