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  1. visible to the naked eye.Compare microscopic(def 1).
  2. pertaining to large units; comprehensive.
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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 macroscopically

Historical Examples

  • When the object is macroscopically red it is ready for examination.

    Histology of the Blood

    Paul Ehrlich

  • Macroscopically, that's the effect we call reflection of light.

    The Mercenaries

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for macroscopically


  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
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Also called: megascopic
Derived Formsmacroscopically, adverb

Word Origin

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



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

macroscopically 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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