- visible to the naked eye.Compare microscopic(def 1).
- pertaining to large units; comprehensive.
Origin of macroscopic
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Examples from the Web for macroscopic
Large, as in macroscopic, an object visible to the naked eye.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
A macroscopic examination suffices in most cases for a definite diagnosis.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
(b) In a later stage these particles coalesce to form larger “flocks” (macroscopic coagulation).The Preparation of Plantation Rubber
When man had flung himself madly at the galaxy, he had diffused himself thinly over a macroscopic area.For Every Man A Reason
Macroscopic, defining characters are few, and even these sometimes uncertain.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
- large enough to be visible to the naked eyeCompare microscopic
- comprehensive; concerned with large units
- physics capable of being described by the statistical properties of a large number of parts
Also called: megascopic
C19: see macro-, -scopic
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Word Origin and History for macroscopic
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- Large enough to be perceived or examined by the unaided eye.
- Relating to observations made by the unaided eye.
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