interference reflection microscopymedical dictionary

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An optical technique for detecting the topography of the side of a cell in contact with a planar substrate and for providing information on the separation of the plasmalemma from the substrate. Interference between the reflections from the substrate medium interface and the reflections from the plasmalemma medium interface generate the image.

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

(11 Mar 2008)