microscopic

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

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Definition of microscopic

  1. 1 :  resembling a microscope especially in perception

  2. 2a :  invisible or indistinguishable without the use of a microscopeb :  very small or fine or precise

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or conducted with the microscope or microscopy

microscopically

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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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Circa 1672

First Known Use of microscopic

circa 1672

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MICROSCOPIC Defined for English Language Learners

microscopic

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

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

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

Definition of microscopic for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or conducted with the microscope a microscopic examination

  2. 2 :  so small as to be visible only through a microscope :  very tiny a microscopic crack

microscopically

\-pi-kə-lē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

microscopic

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adjective mi·cro·scop·ic \ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik\
variants: or

microscopical

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Medical Definition of microscopic

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or conducted with the microscope or microscopy

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

microscopically

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