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limiting factor

noun
1.
Physiology. the slowest, therefore rate-limiting, step in a process or reaction involving several steps.
2.
Biology. an environmental factor that tends to limit population size.
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Examples from the web for limiting factor
  • Perhaps the major limiting factor for the spacecraft is the small amount of fuel needed weekly to maintain its orbit.
  • One limiting factor of solar power is that access to the sun is not constant.
  • The real limiting factor for mobile browsing is still connectivity and bandwidth.
  • The limiting factor on gasoline right now is refinery capacity, not oil supplies.
  • And getting back to the rate-limiting factor of performing laparoscopic hysterectomies, it is the suturing.
  • Similarly, green manure and other labor-intensive steps are not practical in situations where labor is the limiting factor.
  • Thus, weight and bulk of the insulation is not a limiting factor for marine animals.
  • The limiting factor is its by-products: both bacteria break down cellulose into glucose and other sugars such as xylose.
  • The limiting factor is going to be the electrical wiring capacity.
  • What's more, the limiting factor for the temperature in fuel cells now is the electrode materials.
Contemporary definitions for limiting factor
noun

an environmental variable that limits or slows the growth or activities of an organism; also, any environmental variable whose presence, absence, or abundance restricts the distribution, numbers, or condition of an organism

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