microscopic

adjective mi·cro·scop·ic \ ˌmī-krə-ˈskä-pik \
variants: or less commonly microscopical play \-pi-kəl\

Definition of microscopic

1 :resembling a microscope especially in perception
2 a :invisible or indistinguishable without the use of a microscope
b :very small or fine or precise
3 :of, relating to, or conducted with the microscope or microscopy

microscopically

play \-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of microscopic in a Sentence

  1. At this point, the embryo is a microscopic clump of only 100 cells.

  2. There is a microscopic crack in the diamond.

  3. He has a microscopic attention span.

  4. He recorded every aspect of his trip in microscopic detail.

  5. a microscopic study of plant tissues

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First Known Use of microscopic

circa 1672

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MICROSCOPIC Defined for English Language Learners

microscopic

adjective

Definition of microscopic for English Language Learners

  • : able to be seen only through a microscope : extremely small

  • : much smaller than what is usual, normal, or expected

  • : done with a microscope


MICROSCOPIC Defined for Kids

microscopic

adjective mi·cro·scop·ic \ ˌmī-krə-ˈskä-pik \

Definition of microscopic for Students

1 :of, relating to, or conducted with the microscope
  • a microscopic examination
2 :so small as to be visible only through a microscope :very tiny
  • a microscopic crack

microscopically

\-pi-kə-lē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

microscopic

adjective mi·cro·scop·ic \ ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik \
variants: or microscopical play \-i-kəl\

medical Definition of microscopic

1 :of, relating to, or conducted with the microscope or microscopy
2 :so small or fine as to be invisible or indistinguishable without the use of a microscope — compare macroscopic, submicroscopic, ultramicroscopic 1

microscopically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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