[ en-vahy-ruhn-muhn-tl, -vahy-ern- ]
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  1. of or relating to the totality of things, conditions, influences, cultural forces, etc., that surround and shape the life of a person or a population: Investigators in the study will examine possible associations between aggressive prostate cancer and exposures to environmental stressors such as discrimination, early-life adversity, and segregation.

  2. Ecology. of or relating to all the external conditions, such as air, water, minerals, and other organisms, that surround and affect any given organism, often specifically relating to human interaction with these conditions: She took 11 lake samples to identify the fish communities present there and the defining environmental factors, like dissolved oxygen, pH, and vegetation.Agriculture is now a dominant force behind many environmental threats, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and the degradation of land and fresh water.

  1. of or being art that surrounds the viewer or involves the viewer’s participation, often on a grand scale and outdoors: Our programs include an exhibition of global art, public lectures on birds, and a collaborative outdoor installation of environmental art.

Origin of environmental


Other words from environmental

  • en·vi·ron·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·en·vi·ron·men·tal, adjective
  • non·en·vi·ron·men·tal, adjective
  • non·en·vi·ron·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • pre·en·vi·ron·men·tal, adjective
  • pro·en·vi·ron·men·tal, adjective

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