the development of an ecological community to a stage short of the expected climax because of some factor, as repeated fires in a forest, that arrests the normal succession.
(ecology) a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained
A stage in the ecological succession of a plant or animal community immediately preceding a climax, often persisting because of the repeated effects of fire, flood, or other conditions. See also climax community, succession.
adjective, Medicine/Medical. 1. pertaining to an early stage of a disease; having no noticeable clinical symptoms. adjective 1. (med) of or relating to the stage in the course of a disease before the symptoms are first noted subclinical sub·clin·i·cal (sŭb-klĭn’ĭ-kəl) adj. Not manifesting characteristic clinical symptoms. Used of a disease or condition.
- Subclinical absence
subclinical absence n. Transient impairment of thinking without overt manifestations, demonstrable only by psychological testing, and accompanied by an outburst of spike and wave complexes appearing at a rate of 3 per second on an electroencephalogram.
- Subclinical diabetes
subclinical diabetes n. A form of diabetes mellitus that is clinically evident only under certain circumstances, such as pregnancy or extreme stress.
noun 1. a number of things of the same kind, growing or held together; a bunch: a cluster of grapes. 2. a group of things or persons close together: There was a cluster of tourists at the gate. 3. U.S. Army. a small metal design placed on a ribbon representing an awarded medal to indicate […]