- carrying capacity
Ecol.the maximum, equilibrium number of organisms of a particular species that can be supported indefinitely in a given environment. Abbr.: K[1880-85]
* * *▪ biologythe average population density or population size of a species below which its numbers tend to increase and above which its numbers tend to decrease because of shortages of resources. The carrying capacity is different for each species in a habitat because of that species' particular food, shelter, and social requirements.
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