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microscopic

[mahy-kruh-skop-ik]
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, pertaining 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.
Also, microscopical.


Origin:
1670–80; microscope + -ic

microscopically, adverb
nonmicroscopic, adjective
nonmicroscopical, adjective
nonmicroscopically, adverb
unmicroscopic, adjective
unmicroscopically, adverb
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microscopic or microscopical (ˌmaɪkrəˈskɒpɪk)
 
adj
1.  Compare macroscopic not large enough to be seen with the naked eye but visible under a microscope
2.  very small; minute
3.  of, concerned with, or using a microscope
4.  characterized by or done with great attention to detail
 
microscopical or microscopical
 
adj
 
micro'scopically or microscopical
 
adv

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microscopic
"of minute size," 1760s; see microscope.
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microscopic mi·cro·scop·ic (mī'krə-skŏp'ĭk) or mi·cro·scop·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
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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