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microtome

[mahy-kruh-tohm] /ˈmaɪ krəˌtoʊm/
noun
1.
an instrument for cutting very thin sections, as of organic tissue, for microscopic examination.
Origin of microtome
1855-1860
1855-60; micro- + -tome
Related forms
microtomic
[mahy-kruh-tom-ik] /ˌmaɪ krəˈtɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
microtomist, noun
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  • My hunting knife, honed as fine as the edge of a microtome blade.

    Backlash Winston Marks
  • There's a microtome in the laboratory here, but I might take weeks to get on terms with it.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • Murt found Phyllis Sutton at the microtome, finishing a wax section, and showed her the bulletin.

    Mate in Two Moves Winston Marks
  • I leave the problem to the masters of the microtome and the scalpel.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • After hardening, sections were obtained of the paint film by means of a microtome.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
  • If a microtome takes a liking to you, she'll work herself to the bone while you merely rest your hand on the lever.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • The method of using this microtome can be understood by reference to the illustration.

  • The demonstrator turned, walked slowly back past the microtome, and left the laboratory by the preparation-room door.

  • Henceforth I'll keep to the strictly neutral 'it' when I mention a microtome.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • When cold, the sections may be cut in any of the ordinary forms of microtome.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
British Dictionary definitions for microtome

microtome

/ˈmaɪkrəʊˌtəʊm/
noun
1.
an instrument used for cutting thin sections, esp of biological material, for microscopical examination
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microtome in Medicine

microtome mi·cro·tome (mī'krə-tōm')
n.
An instrument that is used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination. Also called histotome.

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