microprobe

[mahy-kruh-prohb]
noun
1.
Chemistry, Spectroscopy. a device used to excite radiation by a material in order to determine chemical or elemental composition from the emission spectrum produced.
2.
Surgery. a miniature probe for use in microsurgery.

Origin:
1955–60; micro- + probe

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Here, a montage of meteorite samples are subjected to an electron microprobe to reveal their mineral composition.
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