microbiota

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

Definition of microbiota

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of microbiota

micro- + biota


First Known Use: 1914


Medical Dictionary

microbiota

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noun mi·cro·bi·o·ta \-bī-ˈōt-ə\

Medical Definition of microbiota

  1. :  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 Wolfe, National Geographic, January 2013 … the microbiota on the tongue differ from those species living in plaque on teeth.—Mel Rosenberg, Scientific American, April 2002

microbiotic

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

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