compound microscope


noun
  1. an optical instrument for forming magnified images of small objects, consisting of an objective lens with a very short focal length and an eyepiece with a longer focal length, both lenses mounted in the same tube.

Origin of compound microscope

1
First recorded in 1865–70

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How to use compound microscope in a sentence

  • Having obtained a pure culture of bacteria, they may easily be studied under the compound microscope.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
  • Viewed under the compound microscope, it has the appearance of an irregular mass of granular protoplasm.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
  • Some neurones in the human body, although visible only under the compound microscope, give rise to axons several feet in length.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
  • The kind of compound microscope to be purchased will depend upon the nature of the work of the investigator.

  • Explanations requiring the use of a compound microscope do not enter necessarily into these lessons.

British Dictionary definitions for compound microscope

compound microscope

noun
  1. an instrument for magnifying small objects, consisting of a lens of short focal length for forming an image that is further magnified by a second lens of longer focal length: Compare simple microscope

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