microscopy

[mahy-kros-kuh-pee, mahy-kruh-skoh-pee]
noun
1.
the use of the microscope.
2.
microscopic investigation.

Origin:
1655–65; microscope + -y3

microscopist [mahy-kros-kuh-pist, mahy-kruh-skoh-pist] , noun
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microscopy (maɪˈkrɒskəpɪ)
 
n
1.  the study, design, and manufacture of microscopes
2.  investigation by use of a microscope
 
microscopist
 
n

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microscopy
1660s, from microscope.
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microscopy mi·cros·co·py (mī-krŏs'kə-pē)
n.

  1. The study of microscopes.

  2. The use of microscopes.

  3. Investigation by means of a microscope.

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Example sentences
So he taught her electron microscopy, and she joined him in his lab.
He adds that high-resolution microscopy is likely a more feasible application
  in the near term.
Eventually, microscopy enabled scientists to identify lichens as composites of
  mutually beneficial fungi and algae.
Techniques including electron microscopy offer high resolution but require
  killing cells.
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