abiotic factor

[ ey-bahy-ot-ik fak-ter, ab ee- ]

  1. 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.

Origin of abiotic factor

First recorded in 1955–60

Words Nearby abiotic factor

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