abiotic factor

noun Ecology.
a nonliving condition or thing, as climate or habitat, that influences or affects an ecosystem and the organisms in it: Abiotic factors can determine which species of organisms will survive in a given environment.
Compare biotic factor.
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Main Entry:  abiotic factor
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  pertaining to any non-biological factors that play a role in an organism's environment; non-living environmental factors
Example:  A forest fire is an example of an abiotic factor.
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However, the abiotic factor with the largest effect on germination varied among species.
The student is required in part a to recall an organism, then determine the effect of an abiotic factor on the organism.
Our results confirm that an abiotic factor can cause substantial variation in parasite pressure among host populations.
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