mi·​cro·​en·​vi·​ron·​ment | \ ˌmī-krō-in-ˈvī-rən-mənt How to pronounce microenvironment (audio) , -ˈvī(-ə)rn- \

Definition of microenvironment

: a small or relatively small usually distinctly specialized and effectively isolated habitat (such as a forest canopy) or environment (as of a neuron)

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microenvironmental \ ˌmī-​krō-​in-​ˌvī-​rən-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce microenvironmental (audio) \ adjective

Examples of microenvironment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The livers began as stem cells that are cultivated into skin and vascular cells that form a complete microenvironment. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Grow Tiny Human Livers, Changing the Course of Organ Transplants," 3 June 2020 The scientific community has only recently amassed a significantly greater understanding of how tumor biology and the tumor microenvironment play a role in the development of disease and response to therapy. Scientific American, "The Coming Age of Molecular Medicine," 2 Oct. 2019 Since the tumor microenvironment can affect behavior of the tumor cells and their response to treatments, these racial differences could impact tumor biology and disease progression. Philly.com, "Why is breast cancer deadlier for black women?," 23 Feb. 2018 Tumor microenvironment is the immediate cellular environment of the cancer cells, including surrounding blood vessels, immune cells, signaling molecules and the tissue matrix that surrounds tumor cells (i.e., the extracellular matrix). Philly.com, "Why is breast cancer deadlier for black women?," 23 Feb. 2018 Light changes the microenvironment inside the frame, causing swelling and contraction that ages the work very quickly. David Walters, The Cut, "A Master Framer on How to Preserve Artwork for Decades," 20 Oct. 2017 There are many different components in the microenvironment that are affected. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salk scientists find how cancer stops immune response," 18 Sep. 2017 Understanding how cellular fitness is gained within the tumor microenvironment is key to understand cooperativity among cancer cells as a way to collective resilience to nutrient starvation and therapies. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cancer cells cooperate to resist therapy, UCSD study finds," 6 June 2017 This shows that although bacterial organisms come from common sources, each of the microenvironments somehow selects for distinct microbes, Gilbert said. Tracy Staedter, Fox News, "New map tracks germs' travels around hospitals," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of microenvironment

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microenvironment was in 1931

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“Microenvironment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microenvironment. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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mi·​cro·​en·​vi·​ron·​ment | \ -in-ˈvī-rən-mənt, -ˈvī(-ə)rn- How to pronounce microenvironment (audio) \

Medical Definition of microenvironment

: a small or relatively small usually distinctly specialized and effectively isolated habitat or environment (as of a nerve cell) — see microhabitat

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microenvironmental \ -​ˌvī-​rən-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce microenvironmental (audio) \ adjective

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