sub·​mi·​cro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌsəb-ˌmī-krə-ˈskä-pik How to pronounce submicroscopic (audio) \

Definition of submicroscopic

1 : too small to be seen in an ordinary light microscope
2 : of, relating to, or dealing with the very minute the submicroscopic world

Other Words from submicroscopic

submicroscopically \ ˌsəb-​ˌmī-​krə-​ˈskä-​pi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce submicroscopic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of submicroscopic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The specter of contagion and death from a submicroscopic menace had the whole world living in fear, with particular concern for the most vulnerable among us. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2021 But in the submicroscopic world where quantum mechanics reigns, different—and very strange—rules apply. Nikolai Sinitsyn, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2020 During renormalization, complicated submicroscopic capers tend to just disappear. Quanta Magazine, 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of submicroscopic

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sub·​mi·​cro·​scop·​ic | \ ˌsəb-ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik How to pronounce submicroscopic (audio) \

Medical Definition of submicroscopic

: too small to be seen in an ordinary light microscope submicroscopic particles submicroscopic organization of a bacterium — compare macroscopic, microscopic sense 2, ultramicroscopic sense 1

Other Words from submicroscopic

submicroscopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce submicroscopic (audio) \ adverb


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