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microscope US English

An optical instrument used for viewing very small objects, such as mineral samples or animal or plant cells, typically magnified several hundred times

X-ray microscope US English

An instrument that uses X-rays to produce a magnified image

optical microscope US English

A microscope using visible light, typically viewed directly by the eye

electron microscope US English

A microscope with high magnification and resolution, employing electron beams in place of light and using electron lenses

under the microscope US English

Under critical examination

scanning electron microscope US English

An electron microscope in which the surface of a specimen is scanned by a beam of electrons that are reflected to form an image

scanning tunneling microscope US English

A high-resolution microscope using neither light nor an electron beam, but with an ultrafine tip able to reveal atomic and molecular details of surfaces

transmission electron microscope US English

A form of electron microscope in which an image is derived from electrons that have passed through the specimen, in particular one in which the whole image is formed at once rather than by scanning

microscope slide in slide US English

A rectangular piece of glass on which an object is mounted or placed for examination under a microscope

under the microscope in microscope US English

Under critical examination

stereomicroscope US English

A binocular microscope that gives a relatively low-power stereoscopic view of the subject