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spectroscope

Pronunciation: spek'tro-skop

Definition: An instrument for resolving light from any luminous body into its spectrum, and for the analysis of the spectrum so formed. It consists of a prism that refracts the light or a grating for diffraction of the light, an arrangement for rendering the rays parallel, and a telescope that magnifies the spectrum.

[spectro- + G. skopeo, to view]

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