freeze etching

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freeze′ etch`ing

or freeze′etch`ing,

the preparation of biological material for electron microscopic study by freeze fracturing and subliming a layer of ice crystals from the fractured plane to expose the natural surfaces.
freeze′-etch`, v.t. -etched, -etch•ing.
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Perhaps foremost among the many developments in tissue preparation was the invention of freeze etching by the late Russell L.
Freeze etching, the technique used by Eric Erbe to prepare frozen poplar tissue for examination by an electron microscope, allows scientists to see thin cross sections of frozen cells in great detail.
Steere pioneered freeze etching in the mid-1950's as a scientist with the University of California at Berkeley.