a microscope that utilizes the phase differences of light rays transmitted by different portions of an object to create an image in which the details of the object are distinct despite their near-uniformity of refractive index.
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Origin of phase microscope
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called phase-contrast microscope [feyz-kon-trast] /ˈfeɪzˈkɒn træst/.
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Medicine definitions for phase contrast microscope
phase contrast microscope
A microscope that uses the differences in the phase of light transmitted or reflected by a specimen to form distinct, contrasting images of different parts of the specimen.phase microscope
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