Microtomes are machines used to cut slices of tissue fine enough for light to pass through. The earliest of these devices were called "hand" microtomes. They had a plate onto which the fragment of hardened tissue, either frozen or in paraffin, was placed so that it could be moved very precisely using a micrometer screw gauge. The protruding part was then sliced off using a razor.


  • Title: Microtome
  • Provenance: Elemento procedente de la "Colección Bruni” de microscopios, la cual consta de casi 80 microscopios correspondientes a los siglos XVIII, XIX y XX que fueron recolectados por el Doctor Blas Bruni Celli y donados por su hija Maria Eugenia Bruni a la RANM en 2016.
  • Type: Microscope accessories
  • Rights: Ricardo Peña
  • Medium: Metal, wood, iron

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