An instrument used to cut a specimen, as of organic tissue, into thin sections for microscopic examination.(noun)
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Use "microtome" in a sentence
"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."