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carrying capacity

noun, Ecology
1.
the maximum, equilibrium number of organisms of a particular species that can be supported indefinitely in a given environment.
Abbreviation: K.
Origin of carrying capacity
1880-1885
1880-85
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carrying capacity

noun
1.
(ecology) the maximum number of individuals that an area of land can support, usually determined by their food requirements
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carrying capacity in Science
carrying capacity
  (kār'ē-ĭng)   
The maximum population of a particular organism that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
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carrying capacity in Culture

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In ecology, the number of living things that can exist for long periods in a given area without damaging the environment.

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