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density-dependent regulation
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regulation of population that is influenced by population density, such as crowding effects; usually involves biotic factors

density-independent regulation
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regulation of populations by factors that operate independent of population density, such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions; usually involves abiotic factors

dentary
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single bone that comprises the lower jaw of mammals

deoxynucleotide
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individual DNA monomer (single unit)

deoxyribonucleic acid
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double-helical molecule that carries the hereditary information of the cell.

Synonyms - DNA
dephosphorylation
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removal of a phosphate group from a molecule

depolarization
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change in the membrane potential to a less negative value

depression
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movement downward of a bone, such as after the shoulders are shrugged and the scapulae return to their normal position from an elevated position; opposite of elevation

dermal tissue
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protective plant tissue covering the outermost part of the plant; controls gas exchange

descending limb
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part of the loop of Henle that descends from the renal cortex into the renal medulla

descriptive science
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(also, discovery science) form of science that aims to observe, explore, and investigate

desmosome
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linkages between adjacent epithelial cells that form when cadherins in the plasma membrane attach to intermediate filaments

determinate cleavage
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cleavage pattern in which developmental fate of each blastomere is tightly defined

detrital food web
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type of food web in which the primary consumers consist of decomposers; these are often associated with grazing food webs within the same ecosystem

Deuteromycota
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former form phylum of fungi that do not have a known sexual reproductive cycle (presently members of two phyla: Ascomycota and Basidiomycota)

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