closed ecosystem

noun Ecology.
a self-replenishing ecosystem in which life can be maintained without external factors or outside aid.
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closed ecosystem definition


An ecosystem in which no materials can leave or enter but through which energy from external sources can flow.

Note: The Earth is a closed ecosystem.
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Example sentences
In a closed ecosystem, there are no such things as wastes.
Sometimes a closed ecosystem is better than the lie of an open system.
Apple has a much more closed ecosystem if you actually compare them.
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