Micrometre

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The micrometre is a commonly used length measure in microscopy. It is abbreviated μm and derived from the metre, the metric base unit for length.

A red blood cell is approximately 8 micrometres in diameter.[1]

Relation to other measures

  • 1 μm = 1 x 10-6 m.
  • 1,000,000 μm = 1 m.
  • 1 mm = 1000 μm.

See also

References

  1. URL: http://www.wisegeek.com/how-large-is-a-micrometer.htm. Accessed on: 17 January 2011.