American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An instrument used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for making very fine sections or thin slices of objects for microscopic examination.
- To cut (a tissue or organ) into thin sections with the aid of a microtome.
- n. A special instrument that produces very thin slices of plant and animal tissues, for later examination by light microscope or electron microscope.
- v. To cut into sections using a microtome
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument for making very thin sections for microscopical examination.
- n. scientific instrument that cuts thin slices of something for microscopic examination
- Could be construed as either micro + -tome or micro- + tome. (Wiktionary)
“When an inflamed area is examined, after twenty-four hours, by hardening the tissue in some of the fluids used for this purpose and cutting it into very thin slices by means of an instrument called a microtome, the microscope shows a series of changes which were not apparent on naked eye examination.”
“And you have a very sharp knife or what's now called a microtome.”
“A microtome could later be used to slice the sample into segments thin enough to be mounted on microscope slides.”
“Does someone here know anyone that can slice this in a microtome and drip some hexavalent isochickenbromide to figure out the DNA jibba jabba of this sucka?”
“Heavy in his grasp, blade about thirty centimeters by two, it was crude, a piece of scrap surreptitiously sawed, hammered, and filed, a haft of plastic riveted to the tang; but patience had given it a microtome edge.”
“Joe was at a microtome, slicing wax for specimen slides.”
“Huxley has also developed a microtome for electron microscope sections, and a micromanipulator.”
“He proposed to develop a technique of microtome preparation which would make, not one, but several different slices through a rotifer's egg.”
“The last specimen that Professor Mettam was able to satisfactorily cut upon the microtome was from a foetus between three and four months old.”
“Cement the block on the carrier of a "paraffin" microtome (the Minot, the Jung, or the Cambridge Rocker) with a little melted paraffin.”
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denoting an instrument for cutting; denoting a section or fragment
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