micropaleontology

[ mahy-kroh-pey-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jee, -pal-ee- ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi, -ˌpæl i- /

noun

the branch of paleontology dealing with the study of microscopic fossils.

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Origin of micropaleontology

First recorded in 1880–85; micro- + paleontology

OTHER WORDS FROM micropaleontology

mi·cro·pa·le·on·to·log·i·cal [mahy-kroh-pey-lee-on-tl-oj-i-kuhl, -pal-ee-], /ˌmaɪ kroʊˌpeɪ liˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -ˌpæl i-/, mi·cro·pa·le·on·to·log·ic, adjectivemi·cro·pa·le·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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Scientific definitions for micropaleontology

micropaleontology
[ mī′krō-pā′lē-ŏn-tŏlə-jē ]

The branch of paleontology that deals with microfossils.
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