microscopic

adjective
mi·​cro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌmī-krə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce microscopic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly microscopical \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈskä-​pi-​kəl How to pronounce microscopical (audio) \

Definition of microscopic

1 : resembling a microscope especially in perception
2a : 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

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Other Words from microscopic

microscopically \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce microscopically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of microscopic in a Sentence

At this point, the embryo is a microscopic clump of only 100 cells. There is a microscopic crack in the diamond. He has a microscopic attention span. He recorded every aspect of his trip in microscopic detail. a microscopic study of plant tissues
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Recent Examples on the Web Looking for the genetic material of a microscopic organism in snot can be a slow process. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio coronavirus latest numbers, phase 1 reopening, Marion Ohio prison, how they test, Beshear threats," 20 Apr. 2020 The research on the Hypacrosaurus cartilage looked at its microscopic details and used chemical stains that bind to DNA. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found," 17 Apr. 2020 The scans capture the infamous ballistics—including two fragments from the bullet that fatally wounded Kennedy—in microscopic detail, says NIST scientist Thomas Brian Renegar in a statement. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Bullets That Killed Kennedy Immortalized as Digital Replicas," 9 Dec. 2019 Niccol is known for his exceptional and sometimes unnerving attention to microscopic detail. Darryn King, WIRED, "Director Andrew Niccol Lives in His Own Truman Show (And So Do You)," 4 May 2018 Then in the second half of the film, the camera zooms in and delves into the smallest structures, uncovering more and more microscopic details. Quanta Magazine, "To Solve the Biggest Mystery in Physics, Join Two Kinds of Law," 7 Sep. 2017 Until very recently, scientists who wanted to study sea creatures in microscopic detail usually had to remove those creatures from their habitats in order to place them on glass slides in a laboratory. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Underwater Microscope That Can Survive on the Ocean Floor," 12 Sep. 2016 Looking for the genetic material of a microscopic organism in snot can be a slow process. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "COVID-19 rapid testing's coming to Cincinnati. Here's what you should know.," 8 Apr. 2020 Interest has surged in new materials such as those that mimic sharkskin, to which microscopic organisms have difficulty adhering. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "What Will Tomorrow’s Workplace Bring? More Elbow Room, for Starters," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of microscopic

circa 1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of microscopic was circa 1672

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“Microscopic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microscopic. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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microscopic

adjective
How to pronounce microscopic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of microscopic

: able to be seen only through a microscope : extremely small
: much smaller than what is usual, normal, or expected
: done with a microscope

microscopic

adjective
mi·​cro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌmī-krə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce microscopic (audio) \

Kids Definition of microscopic

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

Other Words from microscopic

microscopically \ -​pi-​kə-​lē \ adverb

microscopic

adjective
mi·​cro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik How to pronounce microscopic (audio) \
variants: or microscopical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce microscopical (audio) \

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 sense 1

Other Words from microscopic

microscopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce microscopically (audio) \ adverb

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