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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 factors
  • One of the limiting factors on production of hybrid cars is the availability and cost of batteries.
  • We must understand what limiting factors affect us now, and how they may change in the future.
  • These vents are one of the limiting factors on what organic compounds would exist in the primitive oceans.
  • Scale and profit are not the limiting factors for micro-credit.
  • Energy availability is one of the key growth limiting factors for the global economy and for many local ones.
  • However, both nutrients and light are limiting factors in marine ecosystem productivity.
  • limiting factors control animal population sizes in a given area of habitat.
Contemporary definitions for limiting factors
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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