microscope

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A compound microscope

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin microscopium, from Ancient Greek μικρός ‎(mikrós, small) + σκοπέω ‎(skopéō, I look at).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmaɪkɹəskəʊp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmaɪkɹəskoʊp/
  • enPR: mīʹkrə-skōp'
  • Hyphenation: mi‧cro‧scope

Noun[edit]

microscope ‎(plural microscopes)

  1. An optical instrument used for observing small objects.
    • 1837, The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (volume 23, page 222)
      That he might ascertain whether any of the cloths of ancient Egypt were made of hemp, M. Dutrochet has examined with the microscope the weavable filaments of this last vegetable.
  2. Any instrument for imaging very small objects (such as an electron microscope).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

micro- +‎ -scope

Noun[edit]

microscope m ‎(plural microscopes)

  1. microscope

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