fine structure

noun

: microscopic structure of a biological entity or one of its parts especially as studied in preparations for the electron microscope
fine structural adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The gold-colored view in particular highlights the fine structure of giant loops of material that arc over the sun's surface. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 7 Oct. 2014 By measuring the fine structure constant in many settings, Murphy is challenging this assumption. Sophia Chen, WIRED, 9 Dec. 2022 In Murphy’s study, the fine structure constant agreed with that value to about 50 parts per billion. Sophia Chen, WIRED, 9 Dec. 2022 Unlike the Southeastern Conference, the Sun Belt does not have an automatic fine structure in place for fans rushing the field. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 3 Dec. 2022 The conference already has an escalating fine structure in place for schools whose fans invade the playing area en masse in football and basketball, which typically occurs after significant or unexpected victories by the home team. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 4 Nov. 2022 Saban asked on the SEC teleconference about the rule and fine structure. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 19 Oct. 2022 In addition, any fluctuations in fine structure constant are below 1 part in 100 trillion, says Antypas. Sophia Chen, Wired, 2 Aug. 2022 Robert Dooling of the University of Maryland helped to pioneer the study of fine structure in birdsong. Adam Fishbein, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fine structure was in 1867

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“Fine structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fine%20structure. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

fine structure

noun
: microscopic structure of a biological entity or one of its parts especially as studied in preparations for the electron microscope
fine structural adjective

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