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MICROSCOPIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does microscopic mean? 

MICROSCOPIC (adjective)
  The adjective MICROSCOPIC has 4 senses:

1. of or relating to or used in microscopy
2. too small to be seen except under a microscope
3. extremely precise with great attention to details
4. infinitely or immeasurably small

  Familiarity information: MICROSCOPIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MICROSCOPIC (adjective)


Sense 1microscopic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or used in microscopy

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

microscopic; microscopical

Context examples:

microscopic analysis / microscopical examination

Pertainym:

microscopy (research with the use of microscopes)


Sense 2microscopic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Too small to be seen except under a microscope

Synonyms:

microscopic; microscopical

Similar:

atomic; atomlike; minute (immeasurably small)

subatomic (of dimensions smaller than atomic dimensions)

subgross (too small to be visible to the naked eye)

Also:

little; small (limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent)

Antonym:

macroscopic (large enough to be visible to the naked eye)


Sense 3microscopic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely precise with great attention to details

Context example:

examined it with microscopic care

Similar:

precise (sharply exact or accurate or delimited)


Sense 4microscopic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Infinitely or immeasurably small

Synonyms:

infinitesimal; minute; microscopic

Context examples:

two minute whiplike threads of protoplasm / reduced to a microscopic scale

Similar:

little; small (limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent)


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