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K selectionor K-se·lec·tion (kā′sĭ-lĕk′shən)
A form of selection that occurs in an environment at or near carrying capacity, favoring a reproductive strategy in which few offspring are produced.
[From K, the constant for carrying capacity in the equation for population growth.]
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