competence n. [L. competere, to compete for] The ability of an embryonic primordium to differentiate in a specific direction, under appropriate stimuli.
competition n. [L. competere, to compete for] The simultaneous endeavor of two or more organisms to survive when the essential resource of the environment is not sufficient for both.
competitive exclusion The principle that no two species can coexist at the same time in the same locality when their ecological requirements are identical; Gause's rule; exclusion principle.
complanate a. [L. complanatus, flattened] Flattened; level.
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