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MICR

  1. magnetic ink character recognition: a technique for reading and processing data printed with ink that contains magnetic particles: used especially in sorting bank checks automatically.
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micro-

  1. a combining form with the meanings “small” (microcosm; microgamete), “very small in comparison with others of its kind” (microcassette; microlith), “too small to be seen by the unaided eye” (microfossil; microorganism), “dealing with extremely minute organisms, organic structures, or quantities of a substance” (microdissection; microscope), “localized, restricted in scope or area” (microburst; microhabitat), “(of a discipline) focusing on a restricted area” (microeconomics), “containing or dealing with texts that require enlargement to be read” (microfilm; microreader), “one millionth” (microgram).
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Also especially before a vowel, micr-.

Origin of micro-

< Greek: combining form representing mīkrós small
Can be confusedmacro- micro-
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British Dictionary definitions for micr

MICR

abbreviation for
  1. magnetic ink character recognition
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micro-

micr-

combining form
  1. small or minutemicrospore
  2. involving the use of a microscopemicrography
  3. indicating a method or instrument for dealing with small quantitiesmicrometer
  4. (in pathology) indicating abnormal smallness or underdevelopmentmicrocephaly; microcyte Compare macro- (def. 2)
  5. denoting 10 –6microsecond Symbol: μ
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Word Origin

from Greek mikros small
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Word Origin and History for micr

micro-

word-forming element meaning "small, microscopic; magnifying; one millionth," from Latinized comb. form of Greek mikros "small, little, petty, trivial, slight" (see mica).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

micr in Medicine

micro-

pref.
  1. Small:microblast.
  2. Abnormally small:microcephaly.
  3. Requiring or involving microscopy:microsurgery.
  4. One-millionth (10-6):microliter.
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micr in Science

micro-

  1. A prefix that means: “small” (as in microorganism) or “one millionth” (as in microsecond).
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