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September 27, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 42

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 41, we learnt about the prefix MetaMeta represents the meanings to change; beyondToday we shall see the prefix micro. Happy Reading :)

Day 42 : Micro

  • micro -small; minute
Let's try to understand this with some examples
  • microgram (noun) = one millionth of a gram
    • micro - Prefix = small
    • gram - Root = a unit for measuring weight
  • microbiology (noun) = the scientific study of very small living things, such as bacteria
    • micro - Prefix = small
    • bio (bios) - Root = life
    • logy - Suffix = a subject of study
Let's have a look at some more words with micro prefixes, for better understanding.
  • Micro light - a very small, light, one- or two-seater aircraft
  • Micro logy - the art of handling microscopic objects
  • Micro mania - a delusion that one’s body has become very small
  • Micro motion - relating to the study of microscopic motions
  • Microaudiphone - an instrument to make slight sounds audible
  • Microbarograph - an instrument for recording small and rapid changes
  • Microbe - minute organism; a germ
  • Microbicide - any agent which destroys microbes
  • Microcephalous - having an abnormally small head
  • Microcomputer - a small computer that contains a microprocessor
  • Microcosm - asmall world
  • Microcosmography - a description of man as a microcosm
  • Microfinance - loans and other financial services for people who are poor, and who cannot normally get these services from banks
  • Microgram - one millionth of a gram
  • Micrograph - an instrument for writing and engraving minutely
  • Micrographer - a specialist in micrography
  • Microinstruction - a command that is written in microcode
  • Microlith - a tiny stone implement
  • Micromelia - a condition where the extremities are abnormally undeveloped
  • Micrometer - instrument for measuring minute distances
  • Microphone - instrument to intensify slight sounds
  • Microscope - instrument to examine objects too small to be seen by the naked eye
Home Work :

Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
  1. -flect
  2. -gastro
  3. -fum
  4. -greg
a. flock
b. smoke
c. stomach
d. to bend

Try to match the above elements with given meanings.  Solve it on your own and

That's all for today guys..... Thank you :)

You can read Old Lessons of this series from here
Shraboni Chakraborty
Asstt. Professor
English and Foreign Languages University,

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