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[mak-ruh-skop-ik] /ˌmæk rəˈskɒp ɪk/
visible to the naked eye.
Compare microscopic (def 1).
pertaining to large units; comprehensive.
Also, macroscopical.
Origin of macroscopic
1870-75; macro- + -scope + -ic
Related forms
macroscopically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Changing the shape of an aircraft can be done at a microscopic as well as a macroscopic level.
  • We have to answer this question at the macroscopic level, not by examining the learning of some picayune item.
  • The microscopic vision of the eighteenth century was succeeded by the macroscopic eve of the nineteenth.
  • Even so, one could not decide the timing of macroscopic events with the microscopic.
  • Information is an orderly arrangement of matter whether macroscopic, microscopic or subatomic.
  • How quantum physics translates to the macroscopic realm, what dark matter is and how it interacts with the rest of the world.
  • One of the great challenges for quantum physicists is to find quantum behaviour in macroscopic objects.
  • The trouble is that nobody really understands how these macroscopic signals are linked to the microscopic state of the body.
  • Today's macroscopic heat engines are clearly more efficient than biological ones.
  • The former is in a category which transcends macroscopic physics.
British Dictionary definitions for macroscopic


large enough to be visible to the naked eye Compare microscopic
comprehensive; concerned with large units
(physics) capable of being described by the statistical properties of a large number of parts
Also called megascopic
Derived Forms
macroscopically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: see macro-, -scopic
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Word Origin and History for macroscopic

1872, from macro- + ending from microscopic. Related: Macroscopical; macroscopically.

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macroscopic in Medicine

macroscopic mac·ro·scop·ic (māk'rə-skŏp'ĭk) or mac·ro·scop·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)

  1. Large enough to be perceived or examined by the unaided eye.

  2. Relating to observations made by the unaided eye.

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