carrying-capacity

carrying capacity

noun Ecology.
the maximum, equilibrium number of organisms of a particular species that can be supported indefinitely in a given environment. Abbreviation: K

Origin:
1880–85

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carrying capacity
 
n
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   (kār'ē-ĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
The maximum population of a particular organism that a given environment can support without detrimental effects.
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carrying capacity definition


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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