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microscopic

[mahy-kruh-skop-ik]
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adjective
  1. so small as to be invisible or indistinct without the use of the microscope: microscopic organisms.Compare macroscopic.
  2. very small; tiny.
  3. of, relating to, or involving a microscope: microscopic investigation.
  4. very detailed; meticulous: a microscopic view of society.
  5. suggestive of the precise use of the microscope; minute: microscopic exactness.
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Also mi·cro·scop·i·cal.

Origin of microscopic

First recorded in 1670–80; microscope + -ic
Related formsmi·cro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·mi·cro·scop·ic, adjectivenon·mi·cro·scop·i·cal, adjectivenon·mi·cro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverbun·mi·cro·scop·ic, adjectiveun·mi·cro·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • The Ma was at least half the size of the slate, while Heman was microscopic; but, alas!

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • You have had time to examine your prize in microscopic fashion.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • The microscopic test of the distribution of alkali in the blood.

  • He sees human nature with an eye which is at once broad and microscopic.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

    David Christie Murray

  • The entire box was filled with notes in German in a microscopic hand.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie


British Dictionary definitions for microscopic

microscopic

less commonly microscopical

adjective
  1. not large enough to be seen with the naked eye but visible under a microscopeCompare macroscopic
  2. very small; minute
  3. of, concerned with, or using a microscope
  4. characterized by or done with great attention to detail
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Derived Formsmicroscopically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for microscopic

adj.

1732, "like a microscope;" see microscope + -ic. Meaning "of minute size" is from 1760s. Related: Microscopical; microscopically.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

microscopic in Medicine

microscopic

(mī′krə-skŏpĭk)
adj.
  1. Too small to be seen by the unaided eye but large enough to be studied under a microscope.
  2. Of, relating to, or concerned with a microscope.
  3. Being or characterized as exceedingly small; minute.
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