mi·cro·scop·ic (mī′krə-skŏpĭk) also mi·cro·scop·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
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.
2. Exceedingly small; minute: "The activities of men ... were reduced to a microscopic scale" (John Hersey).
3. Characterized by or done with extreme attention to detail: a microscopic investigation.
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