mac·​ro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌma-krə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce macroscopic (audio) \

Definition of macroscopic

1 : observable by the naked eye
2 : involving large units or elements

Other Words from macroscopic

macroscopically \ ˌma-​krə-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce macroscopic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of macroscopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the final portion of the book, set in 2000, is structured around macroscopic foresight, as Chris glimpses the changing nature of crime in an increasingly globalized world. New York Times, 20 July 2022 On a somewhat macroscopic scale, there is an expressed concern that the rise of AI Ethics is a shield or cover for something even grander. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Advances in designing ever-more-precise optical atomic clocks are allowing scientists to glimpse the intersection between the microscopic world of quantum physics and the macroscopic world of gravitational physics. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 28 Mar. 2022 That actually is the macroscopic instantiation of the same phenomena. Robin Pomeroy, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2021 Humans, with our immense capacity for microscopic and macroscopic cruelty, will not be OK. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 12 Feb. 2022 Another possible future study would involve linking the microscopic interactions among cells, the flipping probabilities of the mesoscopic skin scales, and the macroscopic skin color patterns. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Feb. 2022 Throughout the 19th and much of the 20th century, physicists gained a greater appreciation for complicated microscopic and macroscopic systems full of random motion and disorder. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 7 Oct. 2021 By bringing quantum effects into the macroscopic realm—or, put another way, returning classical objects to their true quantum selves—Sillanpää hopes to investigate quantum gravity. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 6 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of macroscopic

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for macroscopic

macro- + -scopic (in microscopic)

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“Macroscopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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mac·​ro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌmak-rə-ˈskäp-ik How to pronounce macroscopic (audio) \

Medical Definition of macroscopic

: large enough to be observed by the naked eye — compare microscopic sense 2, submicroscopic, ultramicroscopic sense 1

Other Words from macroscopic

macroscopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce macroscopic (audio) \ adverb


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