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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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The previous researchers used the computer environment to help students in their transition from arithmetic to algebra, while other researchers constructed a computer environment which helped learn a total algebraic topic.
While this study captured the general nature of primary school children's language production in the computer environment, it did not provide a more detailed and inclusive look into the complex language produced by young children.
The well-known Logo programming language is a prime example of an effective method for working with symbolic concepts by using an interactive computer environment. The programming involved in Logo promotes abstract thinking and returns a concrete visual picture (Allocco et al., 1992).
In general, the term "agent" also covers the independent program system (within the computer environment) which is able to make decisions autonomously and based on these decisions to perform activities (commands) the realization of which leads to the goal achievement while the whole process is carried out with the optimal tools utilization.
More specifically, 20 different categories of strategies were performed by the pupils using the tools in this computer environment. During the design of C.AR.ME the assumption was implicitly made that pupils would solve the given tasks using four alternative approaches imposed by the four groups of tools provided.
Students are told to open their laptop covers and we switch to the computer environment. I have found this back-and-forth approach of switching between "laptops down" and "laptops up" to be highly effective, because it encourages students to be actively involved in the learning process.
'The point about that is to show you how you can programme a robot virtually in a computer environment,' said Words & Ideas managing director Tim Gardom, Thinktank's creative director who was given the MBE for his work devising the Faith Zone and the Body Zone at the Millennium Dome.
"We're no longer going to be in a monolithic computer environment, but one that is incredibly disparate--and enterprises are going to have to support this."
This tech-nology platform provides a biological operating system for modeling cells, tissues and organs and predicting potential effects of specific drugs on human and animals in a virtual, computer environment.
In a few years the 15 and 16-year-olds of today, all computer literate, will be 18-year-olds able to bet and operating in a computer environment much more familiar to them than to the 50-year-olds that make up so much of racing's audience.
A people schooled in a computer environment with sound work habits does not exist."
Because of the rich multimedia computer environment, learners can better bridge the gap between reality and the simulated task.

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