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microstructure

[mahy-kroh-struhk-cher]
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noun Metallurgy.
  1. the structure of a metal or alloy as observed, after etching and polishing, under a high degree of magnification.
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Origin of microstructure

First recorded in 1880–85; micro- + structure
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microstructure

noun
  1. structure on a microscopic scale, esp the structure of an alloy as observed by etching, polishing, and observation under a microscope
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