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'''Definition'''
  
(Science: [[biology]], zoology) The [[sum]] [[total]] of all the [[conditions]] and [[elements]] which [[make]] up the [[surroundings]] and [[influence]] the [[development]] and [[actions]] of an [[individual]].
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''noun, plural: environments''
The totality of surrounding conditions; ''he longed for the comfortable [[environment]] of his livingroom''.The [[external]] [[surroundings]] of an [[organism]], consisting of [[biotic]] (living) and [[abiotic]] (non-living) [[factors]] which will [[affect]] the [[life]] of all the [[organisms]] within it.The environmental [[conditions]] of [[earth]] are [[ideal]] for [[life]] to [[exist]] and steadily evolve within.
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(1) The [[external]] conditions, resources, [[stimuli]] etc. with which an [[organism]] interacts.
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(2) The [[external]] surroundings including all of the [[biotic]] and [[abiotic]] [[factor]]s that surround and affect  the [[survival]] and development of an [[organism]] or [[population]].
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(3) The totality of the surrounding conditions and elements in an individual.
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The environments may be regarded as '''[[natural environment]]''' or '''[[built environment]]'''.
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They may also be [[marine]], [[atmospheric]], or [[terrestrial]] according to their attributes.
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''Word origin:'' Middle English ''envirounen'', from Old French ''environner'', from environ, round about + -''ment''.
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''Related forms:'' environmental (''adjective''), environmentally (''adverb'').
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<br>''Related terms:'' [[environmentalist]], [[environmentalism]].
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''See also:'' [[habitat]], ecological [[niche]].

Latest revision as of 09:49, 25 August 2008

Definition

noun, plural: environments

(1) The external conditions, resources, stimuli etc. with which an organism interacts.

(2) The external surroundings including all of the biotic and abiotic factors that surround and affect the survival and development of an organism or population.

(3) The totality of the surrounding conditions and elements in an individual.


Supplement

The environments may be regarded as natural environment or built environment.

They may also be marine, atmospheric, or terrestrial according to their attributes.


Word origin: Middle English envirounen, from Old French environner, from environ, round about + -ment.

Related forms: environmental (adjective), environmentally (adverb).
Related terms: environmentalist, environmentalism.

See also: habitat, ecological niche.