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Microtome

Microtome \Mi"cro*tome\ (m[imac]"kr[-o]*t[=o]m), n. [Micro- + Gr. te`mnein to cut.] An instrument for making very thin sections for microscopical examination.

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microtome

n. A special instrument that produces very thin slices of plant and animal tissues, for later examination by light microscope or electron microscope. vb. To cut into sections using a microtome

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microtome

n. scientific instrument that cuts thin slices of something for microscopic examination

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Microtome

A microtome (from the Greek mikros, meaning "small", and temnein, meaning "to cut") is a tool used to cut extremely thin slices of material, known as sections. Important in science, microtomes are used in microscopy, allowing for the preparation of samples for observation under transmitted light or electron radiation. Microtomes use steel, glass, or diamond blades depending upon the specimen being sliced and the desired thickness of the sections being cut. Steel blades are used to prepare sections of animal or plant tissues for light microscopy histology. Glass knives are used to slice sections for light microscopy and to slice very thin sections for electron microscopy. Industrial grade diamond knives are used to slice hard materials such as bone, teeth and plant matter for both light microscopy and for electron microscopy. Gem quality diamond knives are used for slicing thin sections for electron microscopy.

Microtomy is a method for the preparation of thin sections for materials such as bones, minerals and teeth, and an alternative to electropolishing and ion milling. Microtome sections can be made thin enough to section a human hair across its breadth, with section thickness between 50  nm and 100  µm.

Microtome (moth)

Microtome is a genus of moth in the family Geometridae.

Usage examples of "microtome".

Tach than an astronomers, so he recognized here a centrifuge, there a microtome, and so on.

They had it to keep, to slice up with a microtome, even to revive, if anyone had the strong guts.

When the tissue was frozen hard, I cranked out a section with the microtome, stained the slice, and took it to the microscope.

To her left, lab benches, the centrifuge, and the oldfashioned hand-controlled microtome for seck sectioning specimens.

From the microtome next to the microscope he carefully removed the super sharp steel blade used for sectioning specimens.

When the vapor dissipated, he seized the microtome knife and started hacking at the etched furrows.

Certainly have forged ahead since my time, he thoughtsharper than a microtome knife.

Ahead of Michaelmas were storage cubes, work surfaces, instrumentation panels, sterile racks of teasing needles, forceps and scalpels, microtomes, a bank of micromanipulative devices all shrouded beneath transparent flexible dust hoods or safe behind glassy panels.

Jack Dienphong cast his eye about his laboratory: examining the metal tables, the chemical hoods and glove boxes, microscopes, SEMs, microtomes, and titration setups.

There was a good centrifuge, a microtome, a binocular microscope with controlled illumination, gas burner, ranks of clean test tubes -- all the instruments and esoteria of the trade.

Jack Dienphong cast his eye about his laboratory: examining the metal tables, the chemical hoods and glove boxes, microscopes, SEMs, microtomes, and titration setups.