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environment

Pronunciation: en-vi'ron-ment

Definition: 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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