from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instrument used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument for making very thin sections for microscopical examination.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. scientific instrument that cuts thin slices of something for microscopic examination
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.