mi·​cro·​struc·​ture | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce microstructure (audio) \

Definition of microstructure

: the microscopic structure of a material (such as a mineral or a biological cell)

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microstructural \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈstrək-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce microstructure (audio) , -​ˈstrək-​shrəl \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers also found this scattering microstructure in the photon-eating black feathers that surround the patch of color. Matt Simon, Wired, "How One Naughty Bird Cheats With Fancy Feather Structures," 30 Apr. 2021 Microgravity changes to the microstructure of the brain have also been reported, including changes to the structural connectivity of the networks of neurons. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, "Going To The Moon And Mars: How Will Astronauts’ Brains Be Affected?," 27 Apr. 2021 Maureen O’Hara, a finance professor at Cornell, expert on stock market microstructure and an author of a book on Wall Street ethics, cautiously agrees. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Return of GameStop," 9 Mar. 2021 To examine the microstructure of sidewinder scales, her team used an atomic force microscope to scan naturally shed snake skins, provided by institutions such as the Atlanta Zoo. New York Times, "The Skin-Deep Physics of Sidewinder Snakes," 1 Feb. 2021 Steel, although hard overall, varies in hardness throughout its microstructure. Meagan Cantwell, Science | AAAS, "Your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot," 12 Aug. 2020 In contrast, the study on the Centrosaurus bone used DNA sequencing to understand the nature of the genetic traces inside it—but did not look at its microstructure. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Possible Dinosaur DNA Has Been Found," 17 Apr. 2020 Once the feathers began to slide too far apart, tiny microstructures that stick out like hooks on top of one feather meet a set of ridges on the underside of the other feather, locking them into place. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What This PigeonBot Tells Us About the Future of Flight," 21 Jan. 2020 For example, the paper shows that there will be permanent changes in the microstructure of cementum in someone who has suffered systemic illness, and this can be accurately dated. Jack Guy, CNN, "Childbirth, imprisonment, disease: Human teeth contain a record of life events," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of microstructure

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for microstructure

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The first known use of microstructure was in 1881

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“Microstructure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microstructure. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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mi·​cro·​struc·​ture | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce microstructure (audio) \

Medical Definition of microstructure

: microscopic structure (as of a cell)

Other Words from microstructure

microstructural \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈstrək-​chə-​rəl, -​ˈstrək-​shrəl How to pronounce microstructure (audio) \ adjective

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