One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Biology. Microscopic or small-scale structure (of a shell, tissue, organ, etc.).
2Computing. The structure of a computer system at the level of its constituent microprocessors, or the structure of an individual microprocessor.
1950s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. From micro- + architecture.
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