noun, plural mi·cro·a·nal·y·ses [mahy-kroh-uh-nal-uh-seez] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ əˈnæl əˌsiz/.
  1. Chemistry. the analysis of very small samples of substances.
  2. the detailed analysis of a sphere of behavior, as of human communication.

Origin of microanalysis

First recorded in 1855–60; micro- + analysis
Related formsmi·cro·an·a·lyst [mahy-kroh-an-l-ist] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˈæn l ɪst/, nounmi·cro·an·a·lyt·i·cal [mahy-kroh-an-l-it-i-kuh l] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˌæn lˈɪt ɪ kəl/, mi·cro·an·a·lyt·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microanalysis


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. the qualitative or quantitative chemical analysis of very small amounts of substances
Derived Formsmicroanalyst (ˌmaɪkrəʊˈænəlɪst), nounmicroanalytic (ˌmaɪkrəʊˌænəˈlɪtɪk) or microanalytical, adjective
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