Orders of magnitude (less than one cubic millimetre)

The following is a table of objects with volumes or capacities of other less than one cubic millimetre.

chain structures in meteorite fragment ALH84001
electron micrograph of icosahedral adenovirus
a scanning electron microscope image of normal circulating human blood showing red blood cells, several knobbly white blood cells including lymphocytes, a monocyte, a neutrophil and many small disc-shaped platelets
scanning electron micrograph of a human red blood cell, a platelet and a leukocyte (from left to right)
monocytes under a light microscope surrounded by red blood cells
California poppy seeds
volume (m3) example
4.22419×10−105 the Planck volume
1×10−72 one cubic yoctometre
1×10−63 one cubic zeptometre
1×10−54 one cubic attometre
1×10−45 one cubic femtometre
~9.4×10−44 classical volume of an electron
~1.5×10−41 volume of a proton
1×10−36 one cubic picometre
1×10−30 one cubic ångström
7.23×10−30 volume enclosed by the van der Waals radius of a hydrogen atom
3.936×10−29 van der Waals volume of a helium atom
1.91×10−29 volume enclosed by the van der Waals radius of a gold atom
3.75×10−29 van der Waals volume of a H
6.50×10−29 van der Waals volume of a N
5.29×10−29 van der Waals volume of a O
9.34×10−29 van der Waals volume of a Cl
1×10−27 one cubic nanometre or one yoctolitre
1×10−24 one zeptolitre
5×10−23 typical volume of structures on the Martian meteorite ALH84001
1×10−21 one attolitre
4×10−21 volume of hypothesised nanobacteria
5×10−21 volume of a typical virus
1×10−18 one cubic micrometre or one femtolitre
9×10−18 average volume of a platelet
9×10−17 normal volume of a human red blood cell
1×10−16 volume of an enlarged red blood cell (macrocytosis)[1]
2×10−16 average volume of a lymphocyte
3.3×10−16 mean volume of a neutrophil granulocyte
4.2×10−16 volume of an average monocyte
1×10−15 one picolitre
2–9×10−15 one drop from a high resolution colour inkjet printer
1.3×10−13 a very fine grain of sand (0.063 mm diameter, 3 micrograms)
1×10−12 one nanolitre
6.2×10−11 a medium grain of sand (0.5 mm diameter, 1.5 milligrams)
5×10−10 volume of a poppy seed of 1-millimetre diameter[2]
one cubic millimetre to one cubic metre →


  1. Nibbering, P. H., T. P. L. Zomerdijk, A. J. Corsèl-Van Tiburg, and R. Van Furth. 1990. Mean cell volume of human blood leucocytes and resident and activated murine macrophages. J. Immunol. Methods 129:143-145 .
  2. Gerald H. Ristow (2000). Pattern Formation in Granular Materials. Springer. p. 193. ISBN 3-540-66701-6. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
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