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phase microscope

noun
1.
a microscope that utilizes the phase differences of light rays transmitted by different portions of an object to create an image in which the details of the object are distinct despite their near-uniformity of refractive index.
Also called phase-contrast microscope
[feyz-kon-trast] /ˈfeɪzˈkɒn træst/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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phase contrast microscope in Medicine

phase contrast microscope n.
A microscope that uses the differences in the phase of light transmitted or reflected by a specimen to form distinct, contrasting images of different parts of the specimen. Also called phase microscope.

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