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  • 1So small as to be visible only with a microscope.

    ‘microscopic algae’
    • ‘Diarrhoea was defined as watery when the patient passed at least three loose stools per day without visible blood or microscopic red blood and polymorphonuclear cells in the specimen.’
    • ‘To their scientists, the visible snow is only a small part of all the settling material that is mostly microscopic and not visible to the naked eye.’
    • ‘They feed on microscopic blue green algae plants that only thrive in saline waters.’
    • ‘Sea ice provides a habitat for microscopic marine algae which are released in the summer when the ice melts and are fed upon by krill.’
    • ‘Snow algae are colorful, microscopic organisms that thrive in the chilly, acidic, sun-blasted, and nutrient-poor confines of melting snow.’
    • ‘This microscopic, single-celled green algae contains more chlorophyll than any known plant - nearly four times the amount found in spirulina.’
    • ‘Stumpf said that bloom intensified when it moved south of Sanibel Island, possibly with a bloom of a diatom, a type of microscopic algae, called Rhizosolenia.’
    • ‘The presence of microscopic algae in the circulatory system and internal organs can help to locate where the victim died, as they vary from place to place.’
    • ‘Most of these fossils are microscopic bacteria and algae.’
    • ‘The nutrients trigger blooms of microscopic algae known as phytoplankton.’
    • ‘Within spongy layers of sea ice, microscopic algae bloom in profusion as sunlight floods in from above.’
    • ‘They feed on many types microscopic algae that grow on calcareous material, such as coral skeletons.’
    • ‘The only life found in the lake are some microscopic algae that live between certain layers of water within variable depths of the lake.’
    • ‘To begin with, when at a length of only 7 mm, young chub feed primarily on microscopic algae and diatoms.’
    • ‘Copepods feed on microscopic algae and in turn serve as food for millions of other invertebrates and fish.’
    • ‘Though the giant forms receive more notice, there are also many microscopic brown algae.’
    • ‘Coccoliths are the extremely small calcareous parts of microscopic marine algae.’
    • ‘The doctors then suck out a little bit of the contents of the donor egg - the cytoplasm - using a microscopic needle manipulated by tiny robotic arms.’
    • ‘It is believed that the microscopic plankton on which tiny sandeel larvae feed are moving northwards as the sea water warms, leaving the baby fish with nothing to feed on.’
    • ‘Sure, any time we crush bacterial cells for research, it's a sacrifice of a tiny microscopic life.’
    tiny, very small, minute, infinitesimal, minuscule, nanoscopic, nanosized, microscale, invisible to the naked eye
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    1. 1.1 informal Extremely small.
      • ‘a microscopic skirt’
      • ‘Seriously, it's an extremely small, microscopic number, and he probably won't notice.’
      • ‘It's an epic, but at the heart of it is an extremely detailed and microscopic view of human nature.’
      • ‘Is she flipping through a magazine and raving about a microscopic skirt?’
      • ‘Ashley turned to see a striking blonde girl wearing a microscopic skirt step towards her.’
      • ‘A microscopic splinter in a finger can be extremely painful, while a cut on your leg may not hurt as much!’
      • ‘His dream was big whereas my dream by comparison is tiny, almost microscopic.’
      • ‘Rip him apart into teeny tiny microscopic pieces.’
      • ‘Raban remained silent as the two bickered, glaring at the back of the half-elf, willing him to blow into tiny, microscopic pieces.’
      • ‘Remind me why paying $25.00 for two endive leaves and a microscopic piece of seared tuna on a tiny plate would make sense on any planet in the universe?’
      • ‘Indeed, large stones of the day were not polished, making it quite impossible for microscopic letters to be inscribed on them in any visible way.’
      • ‘You can see it in the way the boatmen fret over their dories: spit-polishing microscopic scratches on the hulls, glowering when passengers track dirt onto the decks.’
      • ‘But the plight of Cameron - whose guilt must have been magnified by the island's microscopic smallness and the glare of the lighthouse lamp - was peculiarly unaffecting.’
      • ‘One of my concerns, echoing those of Duster, is the manner in which external traits previously linked to race might now become microscopic objects of distrust and abnormalcy.’
      tiny, very small, minute, infinitesimal, minuscule, nanoscopic, nanosized, microscale, invisible to the naked eye
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    2. 1.2Concerned with minute detail.
      ‘such a vision is as microscopic as his is panoramic’
      • ‘With their entire season on the line, Munster would have planned their day in microscopic detail, yet all of their best intentions looked like turning to dust as early as the first 10 minutes.’
      • ‘Specific, sometimes microscopic, detail is used here, too, in a kind of a cinematic structure cutting back and forth between the two narratives.’
      • ‘And so, let me take this time to list a few of the many microscopic details that make ordinary day to day living worth it all for me.’
      • ‘Independent of the microscopic details, such problems can be described at long times by a random walker moving along a tilted potential or, equivalently, a biased random walker.’
      • ‘His intimate Portrait of a Man (London, NG) is detailed with microscopic precision and the sitter is, unusually, placed by an open window overlooking a landscape.’
      • ‘Their music glows with the aural equivalent of sunlight reflecting on a thin pool of ice and pulses with microscopic detail, all the while possessing a sharp absurdist sense of humor.’
      • ‘None the less, neither darkness nor joy eclipse her humour, most evident in the fantasy of microscopic details in her drawings, scratched into layer upon layer of textured colour.’
      • ‘Here, they prosper in splendid microscopic detail.’
      • ‘A number of microscopic details will be neglected.’
      • ‘From now on every shuttle launch will be tracked and examined in microscopic detail, and this should set a precedent for all future manned space launches.’
      • ‘But all this detracts from the microscopic detail of a play in which even the sweat stains on the hips of a miner's trousers acquires dramatic relevance.’
      • ‘Near these points, the behaviour of the system is universal and does not depend on the microscopic details.’
      • ‘Specific, often microscopic detail is discussed but supports the parallel narratives.’
      • ‘What exact history is realized in a universe does, of course, depend on microscopic details.’
      • ‘For half an hour he talked in microscopic detail about how the car is built.’
      • ‘It's often said that television is an impressionistic medium, good at putting across feelings, not details - of giving an overview, not a microscopic survey.’
  • 2Relating to a microscope.

    ‘microscopic analysis of the soil’
    • ‘Morphological changes were evaluated by phase-contrast microscopic analysis.’
    • ‘All slides were coded for microscopic analysis at 1250x magnification.’
    • ‘Earlier studies on colchicine using conventional microscopic analysis yielded inconclusive results in rat peripheral blood, although clearly positive effects were obtained in the mouse.’
    • ‘To demonstrate that the improved growth observed in plate mating assays was due to suppression of the cell fusion defect, we performed microscopic analyses of mating cells.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the intellectual processes of pathologists during microscopic analysis sessions can differ from one another noticeably.’
    • ‘It is likely that a larger percentage of these blades were utilized, but without microscopic wear analysis, that percentage could not be determined.’
    • ‘At present, diagnosis of tissue disorders is mainly based on the microscopic analysis of biopsy samples by standard histochemical procedures.’
    • ‘In many cases of heel pain located about 3cm above the heel bone, there is no inflammation present when the tendon is scanned or viewed by microscopic analysis.’
    • ‘As the facility executive stepped back from the individual reports, he realized that microscopic analysis didn't tell the whole story.’
    • ‘For microscopic analysis of induced cell death and fungal development, Trypan Blue staining was performed on individual leaves.’
    • ‘Microscopic scoring was performed on coded slides and, to minimize variability, the same expert performed all the microscopic analyses.’
    • ‘The methods for crystallization and electron microscopic analysis have been described previously.’
    • ‘And there is hope that because each of the three countries used slightly different techniques, microscopic and chemical analysis might show up where the chemical was from.’
    • ‘By chemical analysis and microscopic examination we found that the spheres and end fittings were made from a sophisticated Titanium alloy.’
    • ‘One person determined spermatozoal motility using light microscopy for five microscopic fields for each collection.’
    • ‘Red cells and hemoglobin may be accompanied by seeing red cells in a microscopic examination, by a positive chemical analysis for blood or by both.’
    • ‘Upon microscopic examination, the lens capsular epithelium was swollen, and there was a ring of densely packed cells surrounding the exposed region.’
    • ‘No bacteria were visible upon microscopic examination after growing the purified fungal isolates in liquid or on solid YPD medium without the antibiotics.’
    • ‘Membrane tethers usually have diameters of the order of tens of nanometers, so they were barely visible under normal microscopic conditions.’
    • ‘Fluorescent markers that are easily visible by microscopic or spectroscopic detection systems play a critical role in biology.’



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