microflora

noun

mi·​cro·​flo·​ra ˌmī-krə-ˈflȯr-ə How to pronounce microflora (audio)
1
: microscopic flora
2
: a small or strictly localized flora (as of a microenvironment)
microfloral adjective

Examples of microflora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Probiotics are part of this microflora; their function is to help the skin’s microbiome stay in balance by keeping potentially harmful bacteria in check and preventing them from over-proliferating. Melanie Rud, SELF, 23 Apr. 2024 Air Pollution Might Age Skin, But Is Anti-Pollution Skincare the Fix? Our skin hosts a microflora, or microorganisms that are similar to the microbiome of the gut, that helps protect against invading pathogens. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2024 Pre or probiotics can help keep the microflora on the skin in a healthy balance. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2024 Tilling also destroys the critical soil microflora and disrupts earthworms and other important, tiny critters that live in the soil. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2023 This advanced formula seeks to support a healthy response to inflammation, promote optimal immune system function, alleviate occasional diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bloating, while also promoting healthy elimination, gut function, and a thriving gut microflora. 13. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2023 The health of that digestion—as well as other things like mood and immunity—depends heavily on a teeming microflora of both beneficial and harmful bacteria that live in the lining of your GI tract. Rachel Reiff Ellis, Fortune Well, 23 Apr. 2023 This beneficial bacteria work within the gut and GI tract to promote and restore intestinal microflora. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 Aeromonas is a vital component of the microflora of the leech gut, the symbiotic relationship between the two organisms relying on the bacteria producing nutrients and possibly protein-digesting enzymes and the leech providing oxygen-rich red blood cells. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 30 Oct. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of microflora was in 1904

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“Microflora.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microflora. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

microflora

noun
mi·​cro·​flo·​ra ˌmī-krə-ˈflōr-ə, -ˈflȯr- How to pronounce microflora (audio)
1
: a small or strictly localized flora (as of a microenvironment)
intestinal microflora
2
: microscopic flora compare macroflora
microfloral adjective
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