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Biology: Chapter 182

Chapter 18.2 Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Habitat the place where an organism lives
Biotic Factor the living components of the environment
Abiotic Factor nonliving factors of the environment
Tolerance Curve a graph of performance versus values of an environmental variable, such as temperature
Acclimation the process where some organisms can adjust their tolerance to abiotic factors
Conformer organisms that do not regulate their internal conditions; change as external environmental conditions change
Regulator organisms that use energy to control some of their internal conditions
Dormancy a longer-term strategy to enter a state of reduced energy to withstand unsuitable conditions
Migration another strategy to move to another place to withstand unsuitable conditions
Niche from the Old French "nichier," meaning "to nest"; the specific role of an organism within its environment
Generalist species with broad niches; can tolerate range of conditions and use a variety of resources
Specialist species that have narrow niches
Created by: truongm19