[ mahy-kroh-ek-uh-nom-iks, -ee-kuh- ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊˌɛk əˈnɒm ɪks, -ˌi kə- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of economics dealing with particular aspects of an economy, as the price-cost relationship of a firm.

Nearby words

  1. microdrepanocytic anemia,
  2. microdrepanocytosis,
  3. microdrive,
  4. microearthquake,
  5. microecology,
  6. microelectrode,
  7. microelectronics,
  8. microelectrophoresis,
  9. microencapsulation,
  10. microencephaly

Origin of microeconomics

First recorded in 1945–50; micro- + economics

Related formsmi·cro·ec·o·nom·ic, adjectivemi·cro·e·con·o·mist [mahy-kroh-i-kon-uh-mist] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ ɪˈkɒn ə mɪst/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for microeconomics


/ (ˌmaɪkrəʊˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks, -ˌɛkə-) /


(functioning as singular) the branch of economics concerned with particular commodities, firms, or individuals and the economic relationships between themCompare macroeconomics
Derived Formsmicroeconomic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for microeconomics



1948, from micro- + economics. Related: Microeconomic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for microeconomics


Economic analysis of particular components of the economy, such as the growth of a single industry or demand for a single product. (Compare macroeconomics.)

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