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 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 Its outer feathers are waterproof because of an interlocking microstructure that the duck constantly fusses over, tidying the feathers and distributing preen oil from a gland near its tail. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Eiderdown Is Nature’s Perfect Duvet," 6 Feb. 2020 Based on research from the 1960s, Lentink says, there was a previous understanding that birds had hook-like microstructures on their feathers that created friction. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What This PigeonBot Tells Us About the Future of Flight," 21 Jan. 2020 Dubbed Ada, the robot mixed different solutions, cast them in films, performed heat treatments and other processing steps, tested the films' conductivity, evaluated their microstructure, and logged the results. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "AI-driven robots are making new materials, improving solar cells and other technologies," 11 Dec. 2019 Researchers are using specialized x-rays to study the microstructures of the skull in hopes of making better helmets for the military. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Army Creates Super Detailed Skull X-Rays in Search for a Better Military Helmet," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of microstructure

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Microstructure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microstructure. Accessed 5 Mar. 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)

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

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