mi·​cro·​struc·​ture | \ˈmī-krō-ˌstrək-chər \

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 , -​ˈstrək-​shrəl \ adjective

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In the future, the team hopes to put its technology to more practical uses by affixing microstructures that can detect specific molecules onto optical fibers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Built the World’s Smallest House," 24 May 2018 There, the microstructures don't have the characteristics of the ultra-black plumage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Birds Use Ultimate Darkness To Attract Mates," 9 Jan. 2018 Blue feathers also get their color from microstructures, since digestion destroys blue pigments in birds. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted at Alabama Bird Feeder," 27 Feb. 2018 In 2016, an analysis of wings preserved in amber, which most likely belonged to a juvenile enantiornithe, revealed that the bird’s feathers were similar in arrangement and microstructure to the feathers of living avians. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Development," 6 Mar. 2018 The team's findings reveal a new type of feather microstructure, according to evolutionary biologist Matthew Shawkey of Ghent University in Belgium, who was not involved in the study. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "Back to Black: How Birds-of-Paradise Get Their Midnight Feathers," 9 Jan. 2018 In samples from their 68-million-year-old T. rex, Schweitzer and colleagues spotted microstructures commonly seen in modern collagen, such as periodic bands every 65 nanometers, which reflect how the fibers assemble. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "‘I don’t care what they say about me’: Paleontologist stares down critics in her hunt for dinosaur proteins," 13 Sep. 2017 Ruzin heads the Biological Imaging Facility at the University of California at Berkeley, where researchers use the technology to explore everything from microstructures within the Giardia parasite and arrangements of proteins within bacteria. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope," 30 Mar. 2017 Each participant’s white matter microstructure was measured using non-invasive, diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging at the beginning and end of six months of dance classes. Monte Whaley, The Denver Post, "Dancing with a little do si do may help fend off aging in the brain, Colorado State University researcher finds," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of microstructure

1881, in the meaning defined above

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mi·​cro·​struc·​ture | \ˈmī-krō-ˌstrək-chər \

Medical Definition of microstructure 

: microscopic structure (as of a cell)

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microstructural \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈstrək-​chə-​rəl, -​ˈstrək-​shrəl \ adjective

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