One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Generally. Of or relating to a scale intermediate between microscopic and macroscopic.
2Geology. Of an intermediate size, large enough for examination with the naked eye but small enough that the whole can be examined as a single entity.
3Physics. Of or relating to a size intermediate between macroscopic and atomic (typically between 10−6 m and 10−8 m). Hence: influenced by or exhibiting both quantum and macroscopic phenomena.
1940s; earliest use found in Journal of the History of Ideas. From meso- + -scopic, after microscopic, macroscopic.
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