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Origin of macro-
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH macro-macro- , micro-
WORDS THAT USE MACRO-
What does macro- mean?
Macro– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “large; long; great; excessive.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology.
Macro– comes from Greek makrós, meaning “long.” The Latin translation of makrós is longus, also meaning “long,” which is the source of terms such as longanimity and longitude. To learn more, check out our entries for both words.
What are variants of macro-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, macro– becomes macr–, as in macrencephaly. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article about macr-.
Examples of macro-
A scientific term that features the form macro– is macrocyte, “an abnormally large red blood cell.”
The macro– part of the word macrocyte means “large,” as we have seen. The –cyte part of the word means “cell,” from Greek kýtos. Macrocyte literally translates to “large cell.”
What are some words that use the combining form macro-?
- macrocosm (using the equivalent form of macro– in French)
What are some other forms that macro– may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
The combining form –phyll means “leaf.” With this in mind, what does macrophyll literally mean?
How to use macro in a sentence
On another, more macro level, did you find Europe to be such a cesspool of intrigue?How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall|William O’Connor|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Greason started out at Intel but felt the zero-gravity pull of the rocket macro-process in which he now holds 22 patents.Up to a Point: A 'Space Corvette' in Every Garage|P. J. O’Rourke|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yep, organic rice syrup—i.e., sugar—is still its main ingredient, no matter how macro its biotics may be.Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb|Michael Schulson|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the macro statistics bear that out (percentage of people employed, real wages, percentage of GDP going to labor, etc.).Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment?|Sarah Kunst|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We experience power every day, in a million different ways, in our own lives, from the micro to the macro.Beau Willimon on Most Shocking Twists in ‘House of Cards’ Season 2|Andrew Romano|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But for all this Charicles satisfied Macro, "that the flame of life was expiring, and could not outlast two days."
The sombre pines of California and the macro carpa cypress cover thousands of acres.The Long White Cloud|William Pember Reeves
With a few exceptions this work only treats of what are, for the sake of convenience, termed the Macro-Lepidoptera.New Zealand Moths and Butterflies|G. V. Hudson
He was succeeded in his power by Sertorius Macro, who had aided in his destruction.A Smaller History of Rome|William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Macro's correspondence with literary men and artists forms the additional MSS.