magnetic ink character recognition: a technique for reading and processing data printed with ink that contains magnetic particles: used especially in sorting bank checks automatically.
a combining form with the meanings “small” (microcosm; microgamete), “very small in comparison with others of its kind” (microcassette; microlith), “too small to be seen by the unaided eye” (microfossil; microorganism), “dealing with extremely minute organisms, organic structures, or quantities of a substance” (microdissection; microscope), “localized, restricted in scope or area” (microburst; microhabitat), “(of a discipline) focusing on a restricted area” (microeconomics), “containing or dealing with texts that require enlargement to be read” (microfilm; microreader), “one millionth” (microgram).
magnetic ink character recognition
combining form
small or minute: microspore
involving the use of a microscope: micrography
indicating a method or instrument for dealing with small quantities: micrometer
(in pathology) indicating abnormal smallness or underdevelopment: microcephaly, microcyte Compare macro- (sense 2)
denoting 10–6: microsecond, μ

word-forming element meaning “small, microscopic; magnifying; one millionth,” from Latinized comb. form of Greek mikros “small, little, petty, trivial, slight” (see mica).

micro- or micr-

A prefix that means: “small” (as in microorganism) or “one millionth” (as in microsecond).

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition
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