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Fun Facts About Xylotomy

Updated on September 15, 2011

Xylotomy defines the preparation of tiny slivers of wood for examination under a magnifying device.

A xylotomist may be gainfully employed as a forensic investigator. These specialized professionals work match wood traces to crime scenes or to criminals.

A xylotomist may also be employed as a biologist or a lumber expert. Identifying a species of specific tree from a small sliver can be accomplished through applied Xylotomy.

One tool used by professional and amateur xylotomistis the microtome. This high-precision device aids in biological microscope slide preparation. A "hand and table" microtome may cost as little as $100, while a freezing microtome may run as high as $500. A Senior Precision Rotary Microtome could set you back $700.

The Gibbs adsorption equation for a binary system
The Gibbs adsorption equation for a binary system

Xylotomy requires application of the Gibbs adsorption isotherm for multicomponent systems. This mouthful represents an equation used to relate the changes in concentration of a component in contact with a surface with changes in the surface tension.

Adsorption is the measure of the adhesion of molecules of atoms to a specific surface.

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Xylotomy represents a useful source of paleobotanical data. Anatomical characteristics of petrified wood can be correlated with environmental conditions and can be used to generate suppositions regarding climate.

Dendrochronology, the science of tree ring dating, uses information generated through the application of Xylotomy.

A Xylotheque is a collection of wood samples.The xylotheque with the largest number of samples is thought to be the Samuel James Record Collection of the Forestry School of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. It encompasses about 60,000 samples of wood. This type of repository is essentially a library of wood: woodworkers, wood technicians, and arborists all visit the collection to perform research and just to learn a little more about wood.

Ms. Peppard's 7th grade Language Arts Class. Introducing the stem XYLO.


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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Zy-lot-uh-mee, I presume.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      Xylotomy- a lot of people wouldn't care but I is it pronounced I wonder.

    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Me thinks I learned a new word for Scrabble today!

      Nice work and informative.

      The Frog

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Xylotomy. I had those same letters when I got my eyes checked.

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      royblizzard 6 years ago from Austin / Leander, Texas

      Nice article and interesting.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      And here I thought, nicomp, that a xylotomy was an operation removing a xylophone from the skull of a fellow who was hit over the head with one.

      Thanks for the newsflash.