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Medical Term:

confocal microscope


a microscope that allows the observer to visualize objects in a single plane of focus, thereby creating a sharper image (usually the objects are fluorescent molecules); a refinement of this microscope uses optic sectioning and a computer to record serial sections. This permits three-dimensional reconstruction.

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