Definition of microenvironment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmīkrōənˌvīrənmənt/


The immediate small-scale environment of an organism or a part of an organism, especially as a distinct part of a larger environment.
Example sentences
  • Early people learned how to make fire and modify their micro-environments; rain dances and other rituals to alleviate droughts are part of our folklore.
  • The individual itself always alters the micro-environment by its reaction to environmental factors, i.e. by its metabolism, and often just by its existence, such as by intercepting sunlight.
  • This distribution of gene expression suggests that different micro-environments exist within the granulomas, to which the bacilli are responsive, adopting different metabolic states.



Pronunciation: /-ˌvīrə(n)ˈmentl/ Pronunciation: /-ˌvī(ə)r(n)-/
Example sentences
  • Variability among colonies includes developmental (as indicated above), microenvironmental, teratological, plus macroenvironmental and genetic differences between colonies.
  • Although shelters likely altered other, unquantified microenvironmental variables, experimental units were affected equally.
  • Microenvironmental conditions, seed availability, and species response to microenvironmental conditions, can therefore differ greatly and together determine seedling germination and establishment in the community.

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Syllabification: mi·cro·en·vi·ron·ment

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