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phase-contrast microscope:see microscopemicroscope,
optical instrument used to increase the apparent size of an object. Simple Microscopes
A magnifying glass, an ordinary double convex lens having a short focal length, is a simple microscope. The reading lens and hand lens are instruments of this type.
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phase-contrast microscope[′fāz ¦kän‚trast ′mī·krə‚skōp]
A compound microscope that has an annular diaphragm in the front focal plane of the substage condenser and a phase plate at the rear focal plane of the objective, to make visible differences in phase or optical path in transparent or reflecting media.
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