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A.Word.A.Day--macroscopic

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macroscopic (mak-ruh-SKOP-ik) adjective

1. Large enough to be visible to the unaided eye.

2. Of or relating to large units; comprehensive.

[From Greek macro- (large, long) + -scopic, from scope, from skopos (aim, mark).]

"We should have a more thorough and macroscopic view."
Steve Chan; Working Together to Fight SARS in Taiwan; The Taipei Times (Taiwan); May 12, 2003.

"We are slaves of the macroscopic, failing to appreciate the overwhelming domination of the microbial. Another proof that microbes rule."
Jay Ingram; Another Proof That Microbes Rule; The Toronto Star (Canada); Oct 29, 2000.

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What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams. -Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)

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