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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Other Words from microenvironment

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

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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 In more conventional experiments, ingredients are added to a test tube or vial only at the initial time point, and subsequent biological activity generates a constantly changing microenvironment. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Why Chemostats may be one of Microbiology’s Greatest Tools," 3 Sep. 2014

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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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

Other Words from microenvironment

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

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