[[Image:Map OC-Micronesia.PNG|thumb|right|300px|Map of Micronesia]]
[[Image:Ulithi-atoll.gif|thumb|right|300px|[[Ulithi]], an [[atoll]] in the [[Caroline Islands]].]]
is a [[subregion]] of [[Oceania]], comprising thousands of small [[island]]s in the western [[Pacific Ocean]]. It is distinct from [[Melanesia]] to the south, and [[Polynesia]] to the east. The [[Philippines]] and [[Indonesia]] lie to the west.
The name ''Micronesia'' derives from the Greek ''mikros'' (μικρός), meaning '' small'', and ''nesos'' (νῆσος), meaning '' island'' . The term was first proposed to distinguish the region in 1831 by [[Jules Dumont d'Urville]].