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Abiotic

Definition

adjective

Nonliving, as in abiotic factor, which is a nonliving physical and chemical attribute of a system, for example light, temperature, wind patterns, rocks, soil, pH, pressure, etc. in an environment.


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Word origin: a- meaning “not,” “without” + biotic: Gk biōtikós of, pertaining to life.

Related forms: abiosis (noun), abiotically (adjective).
Related phrases: abiotic factor, abiotic stress.

Compare: biotic.


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What does an ecologist do?

To reiterate what many have said... Ecology is the study of biotic (all the organisms (plants, animals, bacteria, etc) and their counterparts) and abiotic (non-living, such as the wind, wate, climate, cycles, etc) factors in an environment/ecosystem. But as Rihan says, it is a complex word and ...

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abiotic factors

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