micr-

micr-
combining form or micro-
Etymology: Middle English micro-, from Latin, from Greek mikr-, mikro-, from mikros, smikros small, short; akin to Old English smēalīc careful, exquisite, Old High German smāhi small, low, Old Norse smār small, and perhaps to Old English smītan to smear — more at smite
1.
a. : small : minute : petty

microcyst

— often used to contrast with macr-
b. : enlarging : magnifying or amplifying — in names of instruments

microphone

microscope

c. — used for small or minute size, quantities, intensities, or variations

microbarograph

microcalorimeter

micrograph

microlevel

2. : one millionth part of (a specified unit)

microsecond

— especially in terms used in the metric system

microgram

and in electricity

microfarad

microhm

a. : dealing with, employing, or used in microscopy

micropaleontology

microtome

b. : revealed by or having its structure discernible only by microscopical examination

microfossil

c. : prepared for microscopical examination

microsection

4. : abnormally small

microdactylous

— chiefly in nouns denoting a condition of a specified part of the body

micrognathia

5. : of, involving, or for very small or minute quantities of material : on a small or minute scale of chemical operation : microchemical : microanalytical

microbalance

microsublimation

— compare semimicro-, ultramicro-
6. : of very fine grain : in names of rocks

microgranite

7. : of or relating to a small area

microclimate

microeconomics

microhabitat

8. : microphotographed or microfilmed

microcopy

: employed in or relating to microphotographing or microfilming

microreader

* * *

micr-,
combining form. the form of micro- (Cf.micro-) before vowels, as in microhm.
MICR (no periods),
magnetic ink character recognition (a technique for sensing type faces by computer, used especially in processing bank checks and in printing).

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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