n. a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study [syn: slide]
A microscope slide is a thin flat piece of glass, typically 75 by 26 mm (3 by 1 inches) and about 1 mm thick, used to hold objects for examination under a microscope. Typically the object is placed or secured ("mounted") on the slide, and then both are inserted together in the microscope for viewing. This arrangement allows several slide-mounted objects to be quickly inserted and removed from the microscope, labeled, transported, and stored in appropriate slide cases or folders.
Microscope slides are often used together with a cover slip or cover glass, a smaller and thinner sheet of glass that is placed over the specimen. Slides are held in place on the microscope's stage by slide clips, slide clamps or a cross-table which is used to achieve precise, remote movement of the slide upon the microscope's stage (such as in an automated / computer operated system, or where touching the slide with fingers is inappropriate either due to the risk of contamination or lack of precision)
Usage examples of "microscope slide".
When he was satisfied, he sat back, picked up the book, and opened it to the page indicated by a clean microscope slide.
He put the fraction of a drop of a standard and extremely mild antiseptic on the microscope slide.
Chalmers, a man with a keen sense of humor, had used the example of a man looking down on a microscope slide and see in the bacteria formed into the words “.
Quickly she prepared a microscope slide and put the display onto the screen of the laptop computer she had plugged into the electron microscope.
Even today, decades after I saw my first such microscope slide, I still think them extravagantly beautiful and can easily get lost in contemplation of the cellular thicket the microscope reveals, made the more intriguing by the curious, almost three-dimensional effect the stain gives.
He was using a binocular microscope to observe crystals forming on the surface of a supersaturated solution in the well of a microscope slide.
You drop them on the surface of warm water, stick some on to a microscope slide, dissolve away the wax, and prepare the slide for viewing.
Space-suited bodies tumbled like corpuscles on a microscope slide of a broken capillary.