mi·​cron | \ˈmī-ˌkrän \

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Sila engineered its micron-scale particles so that the swelling happens inside the particle structure, with very little external change. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Gadgets' Battery Life Could Be About to Get Much Better," 19 Oct. 2018 The main worry is with the tiniest motes — known as PM 2.5, particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns across. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 For maximum effectiveness, the Ultra-Ever Dry must be applied in a tightly controlled, very thin, very even layer (a wet thickness of 76 to 127 microns for the bottom layer, according to the documentation). Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 These epidemiological studies exposed the health dangers of tiny particles of soot less than 2.5 microns in diameter. Margo Oge, Fortune, "Scott Pruitt Is Trying to Pull a Disappearing Act on Science. Here’s How It Would Impact Your Health," 25 June 2018 Lasers will etch miniaturized Wikipedia pages into square nickel sheets that are smaller than a postage stamp, each one measuring about half an inch (1.7 centimeter) wide and just 20 microns thick. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Arch Foundation’s first step toward building a Lunar Library," 15 May 2018 Her winning image shows the 1 micron ridges connected by cross ribs on a butterfly wing which produce a brilliant iridescent color that never fades. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Breathtaking Bubbles, Butterfly Wings, and a Glowing Atom Take Top Prizes in Science Photo Contest," 14 Feb. 2018 But because the wavelength of near-infrared light is smaller than a micron, smaller than the smallest neuron, Jepsen believes the resolution of the technology is fine enough to make thoughts visible too. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Thought-Reading Machines and the Death of Love," 16 Apr. 2018 The saga began in the early 1990s, when the EPA sought to regulate fine particulate matter known as PM2.5—dust and soot smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "The EPA Cleans Up Its Science," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of micron

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for micron

New Latin, from Greek mikron, neuter of mikros small — more at micr-

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mi·​cron | \ˈmī-ˌkrän \

Medical Definition of micron 

: a unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter

called also micrometer, mu

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