microeconomics

[mahy-kroh-ek-uh-nom-iks, -ee-kuh-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of economics dealing with particular aspects of an economy, as the price-cost relationship of a firm.
Compare macroeconomics.


Origin:
1945–50; micro- + economics

microeconomic, adjective
microeconomist [mahy-kroh-i-kon-uh-mist] , noun
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microeconomics (ˌmaɪkrəʊˌiːkəˈnɒmɪks, -ˌɛkə-)
 
n
(functioning as singular) Compare macroeconomics the branch of economics concerned with particular commodities, firms, or individuals and the economic relationships between them
 
microeco'nomic
 
adj

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microeconomics
1948, from micro- + economics.
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microeconomics definition


Economic analysis of particular components of the economy, such as the growth of a single industry or demand for a single product. (Compare macroeconomics.)

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Example sentences
Microeconomics studies the economic behavior of individual consumers and
  individual businesses.
She needed her microeconomics textbook for the problem set she was finishing at
  the library, and she'd left it in her dorm room.
One can do a lot in microeconomics without going further than linear algebra.
Aspiring doctors are not normally taught microeconomics, cost accounting or
  risk management.
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