Definition of microscope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmaɪkrəskəʊp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪkrəskoʊp//
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an instrument used in scientific study for making very small things look larger so that you can examine them carefully a microscope slide The bacteria were then examined under a/the microscope. a section of a potato as seen through a microscope (figurative) In the play, love and marriage are put under the microscope. see also electron microscope Word Originmid 17th cent.: from modern Latin microscopium (from micro- and -scope, from modern Latin -scopium, from Greek skopein ‘look at’).
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