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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Microscopio de fluorescencia

Fluorescence microscopy (floor-EH-sents my-KROS-koh-pee)
The use of a special microscope to see objects that give off fluorescent light. For example, cells or tissue can be treated with a substance that contains a fluorescent dye. The dye lights up when viewed under a microscope with a special light.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.