facultative


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

facultative

 [fak´ul-ta″tiv]
not obligatory; pertaining to or characterized by the ability to adjust to particular circumstances or to assume a particular role.

fac·ul·ta·tive

(fak'ŭl-tā'tiv),
Able to live under more than one specific set of environmental conditions; possessing an alternative pathway.

facultative

/fac·ul·ta·tive/ (fak´ul-ta″tiv) not obligatory; pertaining to the ability to adjust to particular circumstances or to assume a particular role.

facultative

(făk′əl-tā′tĭv)
adj.
1. Of or relating to a mental faculty.
2. Biology Capable of functioning under varying environmental conditions. Used of certain organisms, such as bacteria that can live with or without oxygen.

fac′ul·ta′tive·ly adv.

facultative

[fak′əltā′tiv]
Etymology: L, facultas, capability
not obligatory; having the ability to adapt to more than one condition, such as a facultative anaerobe. Compare obligate.

fac·ul·ta·tive

(fak'ŭl-tā'tiv)
In biology, able to live under more than one specific set of environmental conditions; possessing an alternative pathway.

facultative

1. Capable of adapting in response to changing environments. Used especially of micro-organisms that can grow either in an atmosphere of oxygen (aerobic) or in the absence of oxygen (anaerobic) or of those capable of living either as parasites or non-parasites.
2. Of organisms with a usual or preferred metabolic process, but which are capable, under unusual conditions, of adopting an alternative metabolic pathway.

facultative

(of an organism) being capable of adopting an alternative life style from the normal one. In this context, the word ‘facultative’ is followed by the unusual life style. Thus, a facultative PARASITE is one that is normally saprophytic but is occasionally parasitic; a facultative SAPROPHYTE is one that is normally parasitic but can become saprophytic; a facultative ANAEROBE is an organism such as yeast, that is normally aerobic but can exist in anaerobic conditions. Compare OBLIGATE.

fac·ul·ta·tive

(fak'ŭl-tā'tiv)
Able to live under more than one specific set of environmental conditions; possessing an alternative pathway.

facultative (fak´əltātiv),

adj pertaining to an organism's ability to survive under different or varying environmental conditions.

facultative

not obligatory; pertaining to or characterized by the ability to adjust to particular circumstances or to assume a particular role. See also accumulator plants.
References in periodicals archive ?
Executive vice president and head of US Mortality Markets, David Wheeler mentioned that the company's expanding facultative capabilities and experience fuel innovation, creates new insights, new products and new risk management tools.
That case involved a claim by a ceding company that its facultative reinsurer must pay a share of more than $60 million in expenses the former incurred in an asbestos litigation even though the "reinsurance accepted" sections of the nine facultative certificates at issue had amounts ranging from $250,000 to $2 million.
This model is a good one to identify and study facultative stem cells because there are some cells in the larva that will give rise to the adult fly and they get activated during the switch from larva to adult, a transition which could be considered a condition of stress.
The fact that facultative pigmentation in these infants was similar to that seen in their mothers indicates that babies are getting a lot of sun exposure.
Under a facultative agreement the primary carrier submits the application and underwriting information to the reinsurer for review.
Fac Re, a market leader with expertise across many lines of facultative business, will continue to provide outstanding service to its clients under Joe's leadership.
Facultative reinsurance allows reinsurers to access risks in jurisdictions to which they are not admitted.
Clearly, the merging of the two strong analytical operations benefits Aon Re's facultative abilities.
Dalton has been responsible for overseeing the development and operation of MUI's excess of loss property facultative business since he joined the company in 2008.
Contract notice: Facultative Property Reinsurance for the City of GE[micro]teborg regarding Group FE[micro]rvaltnings AB Framtiden on behalf of FE[micro]rsEnkrings AB GE[micro]ta Lejon.
In order to access risks in these markets, London insurers make extensive use of "fronted" facultative reinsurance.
Critical to any facultative relationship is the ability of the broker to bring excellent problem solving skills along with creativity and innovation.

Full browser ?