[ suhb-klahy-maks ]
/ sʌbˈklaɪ mæks /

noun Ecology.

the development of an ecological community to a stage short of the expected climax because of some factor, as repeated fires in a forest, that arrests the normal succession.

Origin of subclimax

First recorded in 1930–35; sub- + climax Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for subclimax

/ (sʌbˈklaɪmæks) /


ecology a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained

Derived forms of subclimax

subclimactic (ˌsʌbklaɪˈmæktɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for subclimax

[ sŭb-klīmăks′ ]

A stage in the ecological succession of a plant or animal community immediately preceding a climax, often persisting because of the repeated effects of fire, flood, or other conditions. See also climax community succession.
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