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ultramicroscope

[uhl-truh-mahy-kruh-skohp] /ˌʌl trəˈmaɪ krəˌskoʊp/
noun
1.
an instrument that uses scattering phenomena to detect the position of objects too small to be seen by an ordinary microscope.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; ultra- + microscope
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ultramicroscopic
[uhl-truh-mahy-kruh-skop-ik] /ˌʌl trəˌmaɪ krəˈskɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
ultramicroscopical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ultra-microscopic

ultramicroscope

/ˌʌltrəˈmaɪkrəˌskəʊp/
noun
1.
a microscope used for studying colloids, in which the sample is strongly illuminated from the side and colloidal particles are seen as bright points on a dark background Also called dark-field microscope
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ultra-microscopic in Medicine

ultramicroscope ul·tra·mi·cro·scope (ŭl'trə-mī'krə-skōp')
n.
A microscope with high-intensity illumination used to study very minute objects.

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Encyclopedia Article for ultra-microscopic

ultramicroscope

microscope arrangement used to study colloidal-size particles that are too small to be visible in an ordinary light microscope. The particles, usually suspended in a liquid, are illuminated with a strong light beam perpendicular to the optical axis of the microscope. These particles scatter light, and their movements are seen only as flashes against a dark background; their structure is not resolved.

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