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K selection

Ecology
1.
selection occurring when a population is at or near the carrying capacity of the environment, which is usually stable: tends to favor individuals that successfully compete for resources and produce few, slowly developing young, and results in a stable population of long-lived individuals.
Compare r selection.
Also, K-selection
[key-si-lek-shuh n] /ˈkeɪ sɪˌlɛk ʃən/ (Show IPA)
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Related forms
K-selected
[key-si-lek-tid] /ˈkeɪ sɪˌlɛk tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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