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  1. visible to the naked eye.Compare microscopic(def 1).
  2. pertaining to large units; comprehensive.
Also mac·ro·scop·i·cal.

Origin of macroscopic

First recorded in 1870–75; macro- + -scope + -ic
Related formsmac·ro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for macroscopic

Historical Examples

  • Large, as in macroscopic, an object visible to the naked eye.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • 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).

  • When man had flung himself madly at the galaxy, he had diffused himself thinly over a macroscopic area.

    For Every Man A Reason

    Patrick Wilkins

  • Macroscopic, defining characters are few, and even these sometimes uncertain.

    The North American Slime-Moulds</p>

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

British Dictionary definitions for macroscopic


  1. large enough to be visible to the naked eyeCompare microscopic
  2. comprehensive; concerned with large units
  3. physics capable of being described by the statistical properties of a large number of parts
Also called: megascopic
Derived Formsmacroscopically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: see macro-, -scopic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for macroscopic


1872, from macro- + ending from microscopic. Related: Macroscopical; macroscopically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

macroscopic in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Large enough to be perceived or examined by the unaided eye.
  2. Relating to observations made by the unaided eye.
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