polarizing microscope


noun

a microscope that utilizes polarized light to reveal detail in an object, used especially to study crystalline and fibrous structures.

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Scientific definitions for polarizing microscope

polarizing microscope
[ pōlə-rī′zĭng ]

A microscope in which the object viewed is illuminated by polarized light. Since some materials act like polarizing filters, viewing objects with polarized light can reveal such materials when ordinary light would fail to bring them into relief.
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