abiotic factor

noun Ecology.

a nonliving condition or thing, as climate or habitat, that influences or affects an ecosystem and the organisms in it: Abiotic factors can determine which species of organisms will survive in a given environment.

Nearby words

  1. abiogenesis,
  2. abiogenic,
  3. abiological,
  4. abiosis,
  5. abiotic,
  6. abiotrophy,
  7. abirritant,
  8. abirritate,
  9. abirritation,
  10. abirritative

Compare biotic factor.

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