microbiota

noun mi·cro·bi·o·ta \ ˌmī-krō-bī-ˈō-tə \

Definition of microbiota

:the microscopic organisms of a particular environment :microbiome 1
  • It's very possible that the master key to unlocking chronic disease will turn out to be the health and composition of the microbiota in your gut.
  • —Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl

microbiotic

adjective
    • the microbiotic environment of the gut

Recent Examples of microbiota from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'microbiota.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of microbiota


Medical Dictionary

microbiota

noun mi·cro·bi·o·ta \ -bī-ˈōt-ə \

medical Definition of microbiota

:the microscopic organisms of a particular environment :microbiome 1
  • The more we learn about our microbiota, however, the more we realize how easy it is for helpful microbes to get caught in the line of fire between an antibiotic and its intended target.
  • —Nathan WolfeNational GeographicJanuary 2013
  • … the microbiota on the tongue differ from those species living in plaque on teeth.
  • —Mel RosenbergScientific AmericanApril 2002

microbiotic

play \-bī-ˈät-ik\ adjective
    • microbiotic life

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up microbiota? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak evil of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!