an allied health professional who prepares tissue specimens of human and animal origin for a pathologist to examine for diagnostic, research, or teaching purposes. Histological technicians process sections of body tissue by fixation, dehydration, embedding, sectioning, decalcification, microincineration, mounting, and routine and special staining. Educational preparation is usually months for an associate degree. Also called histotechnician. See also histotechnologist.
histological technician(hĭs″tă-lŏj′ĭ-kĭl tĕk-nĭsh′ĭn)
A technician who works with pathologists in the sectioning, embedding, fixation, staining, and mounting of tissues and body fluids for diagnostic analysis.
a person trained in tissue processing technique (fixation, dehydration, embedding, sectioning, routine and special staining, and mounting of tissue specimens), and also in histology and histochemistry.