microsatellite

noun
mi·​cro·​sat·​el·​lite | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt How to pronounce microsatellite (audio) \

Definition of microsatellite

: any of numerous short segments of DNA that are distributed throughout the genome, that consist of repeated sequences of usually two to five nucleotides, and that tend to vary from one individual to another

Examples of microsatellite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the cost of launching a microsatellite is much lower than conventional satellites, the technology is allowing smaller companies and even regional governments to have eyes in the sky. Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 The mission's primary customer was a 100kg microsatellite for Capella Space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 Sep. 2020 The rocket's Small Spacecraft Mission Service is a modular dispenser that serves as an interface for a group of microsatellites and CubeSats. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 5 June 2020 Related Stories In 2022, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology is aiming to launch a tiny microsatellite called TERahertz EXplorer toward Mars’s orbit. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 5 Mar. 2020 The agency's huge rocket under development, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry the microsatellites the extra distance in its first full test launch in 2018. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 3 Feb. 2016 An existing flotilla of more than 80 microsatellites owned by the startup Spire Global captures signals that have traversed the atmosphere from GPS satellites to measure key properties such as temperature and humidity. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 11 Dec. 2019 To test it, the zoo keepers compared the DNA of the mother and her daughter, and analyzed the genetic material in 14 places along their genetic codes, or microsatellites. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 7 June 2019 Only one of the two microsatellites was outfitted with an optical camera developed by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of microsatellite

1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Microsatellite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microsatellite. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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microsatellite

noun
mi·​cro·​sat·​el·​lite | \ -ˈsat-ᵊl-ˌīt How to pronounce microsatellite (audio) \

Medical Definition of microsatellite

: any of numerous short segments of DNA that are distributed throughout the genome, that consist of repeated sequences of usually two to five nucleotides, and that are often useful markers in studies of genetic linkage because they tend to vary from one individual to another — compare minisatellite

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