limiting factor


limiting factor
Essential factor in the environment that is in short supply; thus limiting growth, some life process or population size.

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  • limiting factor — 1. Physiol. the slowest, therefore rate limiting, step in a process or reaction involving several steps. 2. Biol. an environmental factor that tends to limit population size. * * * …   Universalium

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  • contribution per unit of limiting factor ratio — Fin a ratio used in marginal costing to measure the contribution to fixed overhead and profit generated by the use of each unit of limiting factor. It is calculated by dividing the product or service contribution by the product or service usage… …   The ultimate business dictionary


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