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BIO Magazine - Environment Δεκέμβριος 2015
Δεκέμβριος 2015 No38

BIO Environment

Environment
Environment

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

http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Environment

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