country on a group of islands in the W Pacific: 271 sq mi (702 sq km); cap. Palikir
Origin of MicronesiaModern Latin from micro- + Classical Greek n?sos, island (see natant) + -ia
A division of Oceania in the western Pacific Ocean comprising the islands east of the Philippines and north of the equator. It includes the Caroline, Marshall, Mariana, and Gilbert Islands.