microphysics

noun

mi·​cro·​phys·​ics ˌmī-krō-ˈfi-ziks How to pronounce microphysics (audio)
: the physics of molecules, atoms, and elementary particles
microphysical adjective
microphysically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cloud thickening and thinning, though taking place on more regional scales, rely altering the microphysics of clouds, long the wild card of climate change projections. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 25 Mar. 2021 Very little is known about reentry dust production, the microphysics of the particles and how reentry dust could affect climate and ozone. Martin N. Ross, Scientific American, 6 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microphysics was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Microphysics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microphysics. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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