from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A microscope that uses the differences in the phase of light transmitted or reflected by a specimen to form distinct, contrasting images of different parts of the specimen.
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- n. a microscope that uses the change of phase when light is transmitted or reflected from a transparent or reflective specimen to form an image; used especially to study living cells
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