fluorescence microscopymedical dictionary


Any type of microscopy in which intrinsic or applied reagents are visualised. Intrinsic fluorescence is often referred to as auto fluorescence. The applied reagents typically include fluorescently labelled proteins that are reactive with sites in the specimen. In particular, fluorescently labelled antibodies are widely used to detect particular antigens in biological specimens.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)