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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.
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Examples from the web for abiotic factor
  • 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.
Contemporary definitions for abiotic factor

pertaining to any non-biological factors that play a role in an organism's environment; non-living environmental factors


A forest fire is an example of an abiotic factor.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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