Definition of microtome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmīkrəˌtōm/


chiefly Biology
An instrument for cutting extremely thin sections of material for examination under a microscope.
Example sentences
  • Selected specimens were examined under the SEM, then embedded in resin and cut into 3 m thin sections using a rotation microtome.
  • To avoid possible contamination during cutting of the slides, the microtome and water bath were cleaned thoroughly before histologic sectioning of a case for molecular analysis.
  • Pod wall, seed coat, and seed sections, from fresh glasshouse-grown material harvested mid-photoperiod, were cut using a sledge microtome.

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Syllabification: mi·cro·tome

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