an instrument for cutting very thin sections, as of organic tissue, for microscopic examination.
Origin of microtome
Related formsmi·cro·tom·ic [mahy-kruh-tom-ik] /ˌmaɪ krəˈtɒm ɪk/, adjectivemi·crot·o·mist, noun
First recorded in 1855–60; micro-
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Examples from the Web for microtome
Historical Examples of microtome
When cold, the sections may be cut in any of the ordinary forms of microtome.
My hunting knife, honed as fine as the edge of a microtome blade.
After hardening, sections were obtained of the paint film by means of a microtome.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for 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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