mi·​cro·​hab·​i·​tat | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈha-bə-ˌtat How to pronounce microhabitat (audio) \

Definition of microhabitat

: the microenvironment in which an organism lives decaying wood creates a microhabitat for insects

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Recent Examples on the Web This microhabitat turns traditional thinking about snow on its head. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Snow is the only thing keeping some plants and animals from freezing to death," 31 Jan. 2020 Another factor in midges’ survival is their microhabitat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survives the Freezing Temperatures," 10 Sep. 2019 Schill noted that tardigrades had evolved to survive in particular microhabitats. Ben Guarino, ajc, "These animals can survive until the end of the Earth, astrophysicists say," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of microhabitat

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Microhabitat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microhabitat. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of microhabitat

: 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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