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)

Other Words from microstructure

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

Examples of microstructure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These materials spread impact around and dissipate energy in an ideal way for the microstructure needed in a body armor design. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 Scientists analyzed one of the beads in 2013 and found that its microstructure and composition were very similar to that of an iron meteorite. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 To take a closer look at the tomb mortar's microstructure, Jackson teamed up with MIT colleagues Linda Seymour and Admir Masic, as well as Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Nobumichi Tamura. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2022 Enlarge / Artist's representation of the microstructure of Velcro. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2021 The researchers also found this scattering microstructure in the photon-eating black feathers that surround the patch of color. Matt Simon, Wired, 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, 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, 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, 1 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 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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