Macroscopic things are large enough to be seen without using a microscope. Many creatures, from ants to elephants, are macroscopic.

Macroscopic is the opposite of microscopic, which describes anything you need a microscope to see. A scientist might use macroscopic to talk about the regular view of an object, when you're looking at it unaided by any magnification device. The macroscopic view of a leaf is quite different from the microscopic, which reveals the molecules that comprise it. Macro- means "large," from the Greek root makros, "long or large."

Definitions of macroscopic
  1. adjective
    visible to the naked eye; using the naked eye
    synonyms: macroscopical
    seeable, visible
    capable of being seen; or open to easy view
  2. adjective
    large enough to be visible with the naked eye
    synonyms: macroscopical
    big, large
    above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent
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