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Microfilm is

[a] film bearing a miniature photographic copy of printed or other graphic matter, usually of a document, newspaper or book pages, etc., made for a library, archive, or the like. Microfilm allows for very compact storage of books and documents.[1]
(1) a fine-grain, high resolution film containing an image greatly reduced in size from the original. (2) the recording of microphotographs on film. (3) raw film with characteristics as in (1).[2]


  1. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Glossary of Terms (full-text).
  2. Michigan Dept. of Tech., Management & Budget, 8000 Glossary (Jan. 6, 1997) (full-text).