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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Rather than just letting acne-fighting ingredients lie on the surface of the skin, the microstructure technology allows them to really get in there. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The K-Beauty Acropass Trouble Cure Patch Uses Microneedles to Treat Cystic Acne," 19 July 2018 The dissolving microstructures are able to do the same thing without actually damaging the skin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The K-Beauty Acropass Trouble Cure Patch Uses Microneedles to Treat Cystic Acne," 19 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of microstructure

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microstructure was in 1881

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

Medical Definition of microstructure

: microscopic structure (as of a cell)

Other Words from microstructure

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

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