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Freezing microtome, London, England, 1883-1885

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    Glossary: histology

    The study of the structure of tissues by means of special staining techniques combined with light and electron microscopy.

    Glossary: Valentin knife

    used to cut slices of organs for microscopic examination

    Glossary: freezing microtome

    An instrument in which tissue is frozen using ice salt or ether before being sliced in order to be examined under a microscope.

    Glossary: microtome

    An instrument used to cut thin sections of biological material so that they can be examined under a microscope.

    Glossary: ether

    A volatile liquid (resulting from the action of sulphuric acid upon alcohol) formerly used as an anaesthetic. Ether was usually inhaled.