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the aggregate of surrounding conditions or influences on an individual.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The milieu; the aggregate of all of the external conditions and influences affecting the life and development of an organism. It can be divided into physical, biologic, social, cultural; any or all of which can influence the health status of the population.
[Fr. environ, around]
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(ĕn-vī′rən-mənt, -vī′ərn-)
a. The totality of the natural world, often excluding humans: "Technology, of course, lies at the heart of man's relationship with the environment" (Mark Hertsgaard).
b. A subset of the natural world; an ecosystem: the coastal environment.
c. The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, behavior, and survival of organisms: "Conditions in a lion's environment ... can drive it to hunt people" (Philip Caputo).
d. The complex of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual person or community.
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The milieu; the aggregate of all of the external conditions and influences affecting the life and development of an organism.
[Fr. environ, around]
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the surroundings of any organism, including the MEDIUM, SUBSTRATE, climatic conditions, other organisms (see BIOTIC FACTORS), light and pH.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005


The milieu; aggregate of all external conditions and influences affecting life and development of an organism.
[Fr. environ, around]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about environment

Q. what environment is recommended for one who has Asthma?

A. dry and clean. as less pollens, dust, pollution - the better is for the asthmatic. any allergen in the environment would cause attacks. (as long as he is allergic..)

Q. i feel huge tension when i am in close narrow environment , is it a phobia?

A. Yes, it may be considered a phobia, or more specifically situational type phobia. However, the important thing is whether is this fear reasonable? Do you think it's out of proportion? Phobia is a fear that one perceive as irrational and out of proportion and yet one feels and is affected adversely by it. If this fear is appropriate (e.g. fear of falling in mountain climbing) it's not a phobia.

You may read more about it http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/phobias.html

Q. how exactly dust effects on asthmatic people? how can one avoid a dust environment?

A. some people try to dust proof there home,they change there matress once a year-----thay do not have rugs in there home---no curtains or draps --and they have someone else dust and clean/no pets.some people keep there pets and take allergie meds.

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Conceptions of learning and knowledge in higher education: Relationships with study behaviour and influences of learning environments. IntJ Edu Res.
This theory is consistent with ours in separating natural and social environments, but it differs with ours with regard to the amount of the environment's effects on human.
Such questions point to a tension in critical care practice: whereas staff and patients may be aware of the importance of creating healing environments, they nevertheless find themselves in a culture in which an empirical approach to disease--one that focuses primarily on measurable, predetermined outcomes--is the standard.
Investigating ICT using problem-based learning in face-to-face and online learning environments. Computers & Education, 47(1), 56-73.
A brave attempt to examine human behaviour in the context of the environment starts the book off.
But the article leaves hanging the social implications of the effects of "boring" environments. Boredom may constitute a form of stress, but it is not the same thing.
Moore also recommends solid tires for compact excavators and skid steers working in demolition environments. "A severe-duty or solid type tire is truly mandatory in a demolition application," Moore says.
Reducing the scale allows for more fine-grained work on the complexity of human-nature relations firmly embedding specific communities within a particular environment. A meso or micro-scale approach, centred on different types of rural and urban "ecosystems"--coastal, fenlands, forests, moorlands, riverine, market towns and industrial cities--can produce well-rounded and detailed case-studies that offer valuable insights into how societies and environments shape and reshape each other, as well as provide an important basis for comparative analysis.
The virtualization movement is cutting across industries with large capacity and migration needs, including manufacturing, high performance computing environments, healthcare, and financial services.
Once the relationship that links an agent to an environment has been characterized, it is then possible to consider multiple occurrences of this relationship between an agent and several environments.
-- With 48 percent of the world's population living in urban areas, joint and coalition warfighters need to be prepared to effectively act in urban environments. That premise served as the theme for a USJFCOM Focused Forum on Joint Urban Operations held at the Chesapeake Conference Center on July 13.
Some previous research, for example, an earlier study of information search styles and gender (Burdick, 1996), has indicated that boys are less likely to enjoy working in socially connected environments than girls (Bilal, 2004, pp.

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