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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Other Words from microstructure

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

Examples of microstructure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Mantis shrimp have a super tough armor made of an impact-resistant microstructure. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 The second was Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), which uses the diffusion of water molecules in brain tissue to glean information about tissue integrity and microstructures. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 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

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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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25 Feb 2020

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“Microstructure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microstructure. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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 microstructural (audio) \ adjective

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