Specialized slides are available in addition to standard, plain slides:
Concavity or cavity slides: Have one or more shallow depressions or wells to hold thicker objects, liquids, and tissue cultures
Rounded corners: For increased safety or for use with a slide clamp or cross-table
Graticule slides: Marked with a grid for counting reference or size estimates
Frosted or enamel-coated: For labeling
Coated: For chemical inertness, enhanced cell adhesion
Microscope coverslips can be glued to the slide to preserve the specimen, slow drying, and prevent contamination. Commercial sealants, laboratory preparations, clear nail polish, or other adhesives can be used.
Coverslips are available in various shapes, sizes, and thicknesses; the thickness can affect image resolution and intensity.
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