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biotic potential

the capacity of a population of organisms to increase in numbers under optimum environmental conditions.
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First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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biotic potential  
The maximum capacity of an individual or population to reproduce under optimal environmental conditions. Populations rarely reproduce at their biotic potential because of limiting factors such as disease, predation, and restricted food resources.
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