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[ mahy-kruh-skop-ik ]


  1. so small as to be invisible or indistinct without the use of the microscope: Compare macroscopic.

    microscopic organisms.

  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.


/ ˌmaɪkrəˈskɒpɪk /


  1. not large enough to be seen with the naked eye but visible under a microscope Compare 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 Forms

  • ˌmicroˈscopically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • micro·scopi·cal·ly adverb
  • nonmi·cro·scopic adjective
  • nonmi·cro·scopi·cal adjective
  • nonmi·cro·scopi·cal·ly adverb
  • unmi·cro·scopic adjective
  • unmi·cro·scopi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of microscopic1

First recorded in 1670–80; microscope + -ic

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Example Sentences

According to Candela and his colleagues, their results suggest that the microscopic population of our guts may have been with us since at least 500,000 years ago, in the era of our species’ last common ancestor with Neanderthals.

The team compared microscopic damage on the Tabun stone to that produced in experiments with nine similar stones collected near the cave site.

A push to moving from a scale of 14-nanometers to 10-nanometers, microscopic spacing that would allow for billions more transistors per chip, was already several years late when Swan took over.

From Fortune

Before uploading new code to your site, run it through a tool to minify it and remove all of that excess cruft that has a microscopic-yet-tangible effect on page loading.

The ingredients in the two vaccines differ slightly, as well as the microscopic packaging in which the mRNA sequences come.

Other methane is exhaled by microscopic organisms directly, as in the human gut.

After all, not every county medical examiner can spot CTE on microscopic slides.

Unlike influenza, it is incapable of traveling through tiny microscopic particles.

The occupied land is small, virtually microscopic in comparison to the St. Louis metropolitan area.

But there is another curiosity about the microscopic attention that is paid to civilian casualties.

They are easily seen with the one-sixth objective in the routine microscopic examination.

This effectually closes any microscopic blow-hole that may exist in the metal.

Even slight familiarity with the microscopic structure of vegetable tissue will prevent the chagrin of such errors.

The clinical picture is hence more significant than the microscopic findings.

Microscopic examination reveals that there is a faint keel on the dorsal surface of the tip.