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Tuesday 9 August 2016

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Definition: Histology is the study of the microscopic moprhology (microanatomy or micromorphology ) of normal cells and normal tissues of plants and animals.

It is commonly performed by examining cells and tissues under a light microscope or electron microscope , the specimen having been sectioned (cut into a thin cross section with a microtome), stained, and mounted on a microscope slide.

Histological studies may be conducted using tissue culture, where live human or animal cells are isolated and maintained in an artificial environment for various research projects.

The ability to visualize or differentially identify microscopic structures is frequently enhanced through the use of histological stains.

Histology is an essential tool of biology and medicine.

See also

- histopathology
- comparative histology