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December 5, 2021

Microscale /mī-krō-, skāl/ noun

Definition: The term microscale refers to a very small scale with detailed information. In other terms, it also refers to a microscopic scale. 

Something in microscale means that it exists on a tiny scale. For instance, it can refer to a physical consideration scale or of bounds with a typical characteristic dimension mostly ranging from 1 µm to 999 µm. This dimension also means it is less than 1 mm. In chemistry, it refers to the microanalysis scale.

Etymology: The term derives from the English words micro and scale. Micro means very small or one millionth in metric units. On the other hand, scale refers to a device for measuring weight or mass. Therefore, microscale physically refers to a scale that ranges from a minimal dimension. 

The first known use of microscale was in 1929. It referred to a tiny scale, an indication that it has maintained the meaning to date.

In a Sentence

We project microscale tornadoes throughout this region by the end of the season.

The instructor told the learners that they could also use Pasteur pipettes for microscale distillations.

Most networks that exhibit synaptic connection levels fall into the microscale category.


Nano-scale, Low temperature


Macro-scale, Enormous


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