Microenvironment carries different meanings depending on the context.

  • Medical: a small or relatively small usually distinctly specialized and effectively isolated habitat or environment (as of a nerve cell)[1]
  • Science: The environment of a very small, specific area, distinguished from its immediate surroundings by such factors as the amount of incident light, the degree of moisture, and the range of temperatures. The side of a tree that is shaded from sunlight is a microenvironment that typically supports a somewhat different community of organisms than is found on the side that receives regular light. Also called microhabitat.[2]
  • Business: Factors or elements in an organization's immediate area of operations that affect its performance and decision making freedom. These factors include competitors, customers, distribution channels, suppliers, and the general public.[3]


  1. ^ microenvironment. Dictionary.com. Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/microenvironment (accessed: April 20, 2011).
  2. ^ microenvironment. Dictionary.com. The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/microenvironment (accessed: April 20, 2011).
  3. ^ http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/microenvironment.html

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  • microenvironment — [mī΄krō en vī′rən mənt] n. the environmental conditions of a relatively small, localized area, esp. of a microhabitat …   English World dictionary

  • microenvironment — / maɪkrəυ ɪnˌvaɪrənmənt/ noun the elements or factors outside a business organisation which directly affect it, such as supply of raw materials, demand for its products and rival companies ● Unreliability of suppliers is one the greatest problems …   Marketing dictionary in english

  • microenvironment — noun Date: 1931 a small or relatively small usually distinctly specialized and effectively isolated habitat (as a forest canopy) or environment (as of a neuron) • microenvironmental adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • microenvironment — (mi kro en vi ron ment) The immediate environment surrounding a microbial cell or other structure, such as a root …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • microenvironment — microenvironmental /muy kroh en vuy euhrn men tl, vuy reuhn /, adj. /muy kroh en vuy euhrn meuhnt, vuy reuhn /, n. the environment of a small area or of a particular organism; microhabitat. [1950 55; MICRO + ENVIRONMENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • microenvironment — noun a) A very small area that has different characteristics than its surroundings As with the Lejeuneaceae, this pattern of massive speciation appears to be correlated with the Cretaceous explosion of the angiosperms and the simultaneous… …   Wiktionary

  • microenvironment — mi·cro·en·vi·ron·ment in vī rən mənt, vī( ə)rn n a small or relatively small usu. distinctly specialized and effectively isolated habitat or environment (as of a nerve cell) see MICROHABITAT mi·cro·en·vi·ron·men·tal .vī rən ment əl adj * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • microenvironment — The environment close to a company, which affects its ability to serve its customers. This includes the company itself, firms in its market channel, customer markets, and competitors. Compare macroenvironment …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • microenvironment — mi·cro·environment …   English syllables

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