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A stage in the succession of an ecological community preceding the attainment of a climax community, often persisting because of the occurrence of fires, floods, or other disturbances.
sub′cli·mac′tic (-măk′tĭk) adj.
(Biology) ecology a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained
the stage of an ecological community that normally precedes the climax, esp. when further development is arrested.