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Definition of Fluorescent microscope

Fluorescent microscope: A microscope equipped to examine material that fluoresces under ultraviolet light. Fluorescence microscopy is based on the principle that fluorescent materials emit visible light when they are irradiated with ultraviolet rays or with violet-blue visible rays.

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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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