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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Rocket Report: Falcon 9 leaps forward; a gator and a Dragon," 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, "NASA Has Chosen a Name for the Mars 2020 Rover," 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, "NASA Picks Tiny Satellites to Ride on Giant Rocket's First Flight," 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, "Microsatellites will capture GPS reflections to sharpen weather forecasts," 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, "Without the help of any male, this female lizard became pregnant alone and gave birth," 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, "Chinese Satellite Nabs Stunning Moon-Earth Shot," 6 Feb. 2019 Vector’s business plan calls for hauling hundreds of customers’ microsatellites into low-Earth orbit. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Space Launch Legend Who's Backing a Startup," 8 Nov. 2018 Similar manufacturing advances also diffuse military power—through ubiquitous sensors, inexpensive and autonomous drones, high-powered nanoexplosives, and less costly access to space through microsatellites. George P. Shultz, WSJ, "America Can Ride the 21st Century’s Waves of Change," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of microsatellite

1989, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2020

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“Microsatellite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microsatellite. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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