A wet mount is a preparation process where a live specimen in culture fluid is placed on a concave glass side or a plain glass slide. The concave portion of the glass slide forms a cup-like shape that is filled with a thick, syrupy substance, such as carboxymethyl cellulose. The microorganism is free to move about within the fluid, although the viscosity of the substance slows its movement. This makes it easier for you to observe the microorganism. The specimen and the substance are protected from spillage and outside contaminates by a glass cover that is placed over the concave portion of the slide.
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