micron

or mi·kron

[ mahy-kron ]
/ ˈmaɪ krɒn /

noun, plural mi·crons, mi·cra [mahy-kruh]. /ˈmaɪ krə/.

Also called micrometer. the millionth part of a meter. Symbol: μ, mu
Physical Chemistry. a colloidal particle whose diameter is between 0.2 and 10 microns.
Physics. a very small unit of pressure, equal to that exerted by a column of mercury 1μ high.

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Origin of micron

1880–85; <Greek mīkrón a little, noun use of neuter singular of mīkrós small; see -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for micron

micron
/ (ˈmaɪkrɒn) /

noun plural -crons or -cra (-krə)

a unit of length equal to 10 –6 metre. It is being replaced by the micrometre, the equivalent SI unit

Word Origin for micron

C19: New Latin, from Greek mikros small
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Medical definitions for micron

micron

n. pl. mi•crons

micrometer2
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Scientific definitions for micron

micron
[ mīkrŏn′ ]

See micrometer2.
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