Canada balsam


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Can·a·da bal·sam

a yellowish liquid resin from the balsam fir, Abies balsamea (family Pinaceae); contains kinene and bornyl acetate; used for mounting histologic specimens and as a cement for lenses.
Synonym(s): Canada turpentine

Canada balsam

a commonly used microscope slide mounting material for biological specimens. It is miscible with xylene.

Canada balsam 

A transparent resinous substance produced by the sap of the Canadian balsam fir and used to cement glass (doublet, beam-splitting prisms, the segment of a bifocal lens, etc). Its index of refraction is equal to about 1.54. It has nowadays been superseded by modern chemical adhesives.
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Nematode - the samples were fixed with a hot glycerin alcohol and were mounted with Canada balsam.
A method for mounting small insects on microscope slides in Canada balsam.
For microscopic observation, pupal exuviae were slidemounted in Canada balsam following the technique described by Borkent & Spinelli (2007).
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Specimens were preserved in 70% ethanol, subsequently dissected and slide-mounted in Canada balsam using the techniques described by Wirth & Marston (1968), and identified by comparing them with slide-mounted specimens, photographs of female wings in the Neotropical Wing Atlas (Wirth et al.
The specimens examined are slide mounted in Canada balsam, and deposited in the collection of the Museo de La Plata, Argentina (MLP).

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