- so small as to be invisible or obscure except through a microscope; extremely small; minute
- of, with, or as if with a microscope
- like or suggestive of a microscope; searching; minutely observing
- a. Too small to be seen by the unaided eye but large enough to be studied under a microscope.b. Of, relating to, or concerned with a microscope.
- Exceedingly small; minute: “The activities of men &ellipsis; were reduced to a microscopic scale” (John Hersey).
- Characterized by or done with extreme attention to detail: a microscopic investigation.
Origin of microscopicmicroscope + –ic.
(comparative more microscopic, superlative most microscopic)
- Of, or relating to microscopes or microscopy; microscopal.
- We supply all microscopic stains and other materials.
- So small that it can only be seen using a microscope.
- The water was full of microscopic organisms.
- Very small; minute
- Compared to the galaxy, we are microscopic in scale.
- Carried out with great attention to detail.
- The police carried out a microscopic search of the crime scene.
- Able to see extremely minute objects.
- Why has not man a microscopic eye? "” Alexander Pope.