from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A division of Oceania in the western Pacific Ocean comprising the islands east of the Philippines and north of the equator. It includes the Caroline, Marshall, Mariana, and Gilbert islands.
  • Federated States ofMicronesia A group of associated islands in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean. Originally inhabited by Austronesian-speaking peoples, the islands were controlled in turn by Spain, Germany, and Japan prior to their capture by U.S. forces during World War II. The group was administered as part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands after 1947 and became self-governing under a compact of free association with the United States in 1986. Palikir, on Pohnpei (Ponape) Island, is the capital. Population: 108,000.

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  • proper n. One of the geographical subregions of Oceania.
  • proper n. A country in Oceania. Official name: the Federated States of Micronesia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the islands in the northwestern part of Oceania
  • n. a country scattered over Micronesia with a constitutional government in free association with the United States; achieved independence in 1986


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From Ancient Greek μικρονήσος (Mikronesos, "small island"), from prefix μικρο- (mikro-, "micro-"), from μικρός (mikros, "small, mimimum") + νήσος (nesos, "island").


  • The term Micronesia may refer to the Federated States or to the region as a whole. - Financial News

  • But I assure you that after you read about what happened in Micronesia you'll be convinced that behavior can be transmitted from one person to another as easily as the flu or the measles can.

    Interview with Malcolm Gladwell

  • In Kosrae, an island in Micronesia, new arrivals are a curiosity, and it seemed that half the island had come to greet me and Steven Auerbach, a Manhattan-based medical epidemiologist and an officer in the U.S.

    New World Syndrome

  • Father Francis Hezel, a Jesuit priest from Buffalo, New York, who has spent more than three decades teaching and writing in Micronesia, said that even people in power are reluctant to speak out.

    New World Syndrome

  • (Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, or NIDDM, the kind that afflicts Micronesia, is also known as Type II or adult-onset diabetes; "diabetes" here refers to this type.)

    New World Syndrome

  • The fact that many state legislators in Micronesia are also food importers was never mentioned — nor were the particulars of auto importation in a tiny country already overrun with cars.

    New World Syndrome

  • We spotted a glimmer of progress in Micronesia, though not in the Western-style wellness programs.

    New World Syndrome

  • Public Health Service who had worked in Micronesia in the early 1990s, when we visited last year.

    New World Syndrome

  • But when I spoke with agricultural and business leaders in Micronesia, it was clear that a concerted government effort to fight noncommunicable disease was not likely on these islands.

    New World Syndrome

  • They belong to what is sometimes known as Micronesia, from the extreme diminutiveness of the land masses.

    Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom


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