Definition of Compound microscope

1. Noun. Light microscope that has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece.

Definition of Compound microscope

1. Noun. A microscope with more than one lens. ¹

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Medical Definition of Compound microscope

1. A microscope (an optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects) which consists of two microscopes in series, the first serving as the ocular lens (close to the eye) and the second serving as the objective lens (close to the object to be viewed). Credit for creating the compound microscope goes usually to the Dutch spectaclemakers Hans and Zacharias Janssen who in 1590 invented an instrument that could be used as either a microscope or telescope. The compound microscope has evolved into the dominant type of optical microscope today. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Compound microscope

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1. The Microscope and Its Revelations by William Benjamin Carpenter (1883)
"compound microscope. 26. The compound microscope, in its most simple form, ... In addition to the two lenses of which the compound microscope essentially ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"compound microscope The view held by early opticians, that a compound microscope could never produce such good images as an instrument of the simple type, ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Í. Scarcely less important than the preceding requisite, in the case of the compound microscope, especially with the long body of the ordinary English model ..."

4. A Practical Treatise on the Use of the Microscope: Including the Different by John Quekett (1855)
"compound microscope. A COMPOUND microscope differs from a simple one in having ... Every compound microscope may be said to consist, like the simple one, ..."

5. Manipulation of the Microscope by Edward Bausch (1897)
"THE compound microscope. As has been stated a magnified image is observed in the compound microscope. Any two lenses, one of short, the other of long focus, ..."

6. The Microscope: An Introduction to Microscopic Methods and to Histology by Simon Henry Gage (1920)
"On the other hand, with the compound microscope, the retinal image is erect (fig. 3, 20); that is, the arrow points in the same direction as the object. ..."

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