microhabitat

noun

mi·​cro·​hab·​i·​tat ˌmī-krō-ˈha-bə-ˌtat How to pronounce microhabitat (audio)
: the microenvironment in which an organism lives
decaying wood creates a microhabitat for insects

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This microhabitat turns traditional thinking about snow on its head. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, 31 Jan. 2020 Another factor in midges’ survival is their microhabitat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 10 Sep. 2019 Schill noted that tardigrades had evolved to survive in particular microhabitats. Ben Guarino, ajc, 14 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microhabitat was in 1931

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“Microhabitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microhabitat. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

microhabitat

noun
mi·​cro·​hab·​i·​tat ˌmī-krō-ˈhab-ə-ˌtat How to pronounce microhabitat (audio)
: the microenvironment in which an organism lives
the kidneys, heart, and sinuses are the usual microhabitats of the sporocysts of the schistosome

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