mi|cro|scope [ˈmaıkrəskəup US -skoup] n
[Date: 1600-1700; : Modern Latin; Origin: microscopium, from micro- ( MICRO-) + -scopium (from Greek -skopion 'instrument for seeing')]
1.) a scientific instrument that makes extremely small things look larger
under/through a microscope
Abnormalities in the cells can be seen quite clearly under a microscope.
Each sample was examined through a microscope.
2.) put sth under the microscope
to examine a situation very closely and carefully
Our prison system is being put under the microscope after an alarming number of deaths and suicides this year.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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