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)

Other Words from microenvironment

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

Examples of microenvironment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solid tumors are more difficult to access, and are often contained in a microenvironment that dampens the body’s immune response. Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 Sarah Schinckel, Tech Stack Innovation lead at John Deere, says that a microenvironment on a modern farm is the small-scale environment surrounding a single seed or plant. Jennifer Kite-powell, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 So far, these two methods have not worked as well as hoped—stem cells turn out to be difficult to manipulate, and the microenvironment of spinal-cord fluid is extremely complicated. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 These bacteria produce lactic acid, which creates an acidic microenvironment that allows only a few other bacteria and yeasts to grow. ABC News, 4 Apr. 2021 The livers began as stem cells that are cultivated into skin and vascular cells that form a complete microenvironment. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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, 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of microenvironment

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Microenvironment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microenvironment. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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 microenvironment (audio) \ adjective

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