polarizing-microscope

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polarizing microscope   (pō'lə-rī'zĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
A microscope in which the object viewed is illuminated by polarized light. Since some materials act like polarizing filters, viewing objects with polarized light can reveal such materials when ordinary light would fail to bring them into relief.
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