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[mahy-kros-kuh-pee, mahy-kruh-skoh-pee]
  1. the use of the microscope.
  2. microscopic investigation.
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Origin of microscopy

First recorded in 1655–65; microscope + -y3
Related formsmi·cros·co·pist [mahy-kros-kuh-pist, mahy-kruh-skoh-pist] /maɪˈkrɒs kə pɪst, ˌmaɪ krəˈskoʊ pɪst/, noun
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Historical Examples of microscopy

  • The microscopy of the lesions is essentially the same as in the horse.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


  • I have never been able to find a description or engraving of it in any work on microscopy.

  • He "went in" for microscopy in the unphilosophical Victorian manner as his "hobby."

    Ann Veronica

    H. G. Wells

  • Collection very unpromising by macroscopy, but by microscopy showed many spores, mature specimens of Gemiasma rubra and verdans.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for microscopy


  1. the study, design, and manufacture of microscopes
  2. investigation by use of a microscope
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Derived Formsmicroscopist (maɪˈkrɒskəpɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for microscopy


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

microscopy in Medicine


  1. The study of microscopes.
  2. The use of microscopes.
  3. Investigation by means of a microscope.
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