mi·​cro·​par·​ti·​cle ˌmī-krō-ˈpär-ti-kəl How to pronounce microparticle (audio)
: a very small particle
especially : one that is microscopic in size

Examples of microparticle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adding dyes and microparticles to the water and illuminating them with lasers helped capture the flows on high-speed video. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2024 Whipped into a lightweight, marshmallow texture, the formula contains flower acids (a chemical exfoliant derived from hibiscus), kiwi rice microparticles (infused with alpha hydroxy acids), volcanic sand, clay, bentonite, blue-green algae, and botanical oils. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2023 Both pregnant gray whales and lactating gray whales who feed off the Oregon Coast consume up to 21 million plastic microparticles per day. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, 16 Aug. 2023 The team also plans to make the microparticles compatible with more drugs. WIRED, 26 June 2023 In its liquid phase, the microparticles can rotate and reorient their magnetic polarity to lengthen, divide, and merge as needed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Feb. 2023 These are capable of monitoring nearly every element of a home, including the current temperature, pressure, pollution levels, density, type of microparticles in the air, lighting and sound levels. Jyoti Prasad Bhatt, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 MPTMs are composed of ferromagnetic neodymium-iron-boron microparticles embedded in pure gallium. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Feb. 2023 Mechanical engineers at Stanford have come up with a solution: N95 masks that protect from viruses and other microparticles, but also circulate oxygen. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microparticle was in 1929

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“Microparticle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microparticle. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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