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Origin of macroscopic

First recorded in 1870–75; macro- + -scope + -ic
Related formsmac·ro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for macroscopic

apparent, comprehensive, observable, obvious, perceptible

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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 for macroscopic

C19: see macro-, -scopic
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Word Origin and History for macroscopic

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

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macroscopic in Medicine


  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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