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Microscopy \Mi*cros"co*py\, n. The use of the microscope; investigation with the microscope.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from microscope + -y (4).


n. 1 the study of microscopes, their design and manufacture 2 the use of microscopes


n. research with the use of microscopes


Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view objects and areas of objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye (objects that are not within the resolution range of the normal eye). There are three well-known branches of microscopy: optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopy.

Optical and electron microscopy involve the diffraction, reflection, or refraction of electromagnetic radiation/electron beams interacting with the specimen, and the collection of the scattered radiation or another signal in order to create an image. This process may be carried out by wide-field irradiation of the sample (for example standard light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy) or by scanning of a fine beam over the sample (for example confocal laser scanning microscopy and scanning electron microscopy). Scanning probe microscopy involves the interaction of a scanning probe with the surface of the object of interest. The development of microscopy revolutionized biology, gave rise to the field of histology and so remains an essential technique in the life and physical sciences.

Usage examples of "microscopy".

Had the recovered lymphoid tissue been in a normal state, the presence of Viscumin in molecular quantity would currently be determinable through the process of microscopy known as immuno-cytochemistry, using the enzyme, horseradish peroxidaise.

Using magnetic microscopy, scientists are able to study the minute tracks on magnetic tape and greatly increase data density, thus enabling intercept operators to pack ever more conversations into their recorders.

The electron microscopy and X-ray data in the government report led him to the conclusion that there were pseudorandom semiconductor and unlike metal junctions.

The electron microscopy and X ray data in the government report led him to the conclusion that there were pseudorandom semiconductor and unlike metal junctions.

Maybe if I knew something about fingerprinting and analysis and microscopy I might just find out something.

Nature is therefore to be understood by microscopy and analysis, to find out what the bits are and how they are put together.

What were the medieval equivalents of Constable and ecology, of bird watching and Eleusis, of microscopy and the rites of Dionysos and the Japanese Haiku?

Improvements in staining and microscopy revealed that the rods came in mixed doubles.

Outer Kingdom, from a variety of sources, but all of it contributed to the same purpose: It surveyed the microscopic world through X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and direct nanoscale probing, and synthesized all of the resulting information into a single three-dimensional view.

This was never clear even in electron microscopy which only shows us dead objects.

The maximum containment lab was designed so that dangerous materials could be moved from one work station to the nextfrom microscopy to centrifuge to incubation to culture platingwithout being removed from behind their protective glass barrier.

No metabolic activity was detected in the Ceraunius forms, but electron microscopy reveals what appear to be cell walls, and RNA protein fragments within the forms.

What would this master cracksman, this polished wielder of the oxy-acetylene blow-pipe, this expert in toxicology, microscopy and physics think of his callow outpourings!

If Jake had been able to get DNA or pursue other testing, maybe scanning electron microscopy of the calcaneus lesion, we might have learned more.

Microscopy, infrared spectrophotometry, pyrolysis-gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, x-ray fluorescence, and neutron activation analysis were not required to figure out that much.