mi·​cro·​flo·​ra | \ ˌmī-krə-ˈflȯr-ə How to pronounce microflora (audio) \

Definition of microflora

1 : microscopic flora
2 : a small or strictly localized flora (as of a microenvironment)

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Other Words from microflora

microfloral \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈflȯr-​əl How to pronounce microflora (audio) \ adjective

Examples of microflora in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the dairy proteins are created, they’re filtered to remove the microflora. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "You can now try Perfect Day’s high-tech, cow-free ice cream in the Bay Area," 8 May 2020 Studies substantiate that overuse of chemical fertilisers to get high yield causes physical and chemical degradation of the soil by altering the natural microflora and increasing the alkalinity and salinity of the soil. Basudev Mahapatra, Quartz India, "Amid droughts and floods, India’s tribal farmers rediscover the merits of indigenous crop," 11 Feb. 2020 Most were run-of-the-mill microflora like those still found in most human mouths. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Human Genome Recovered From 5,700-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 17 Dec. 2019 Each human has their own microflora—bacteria and other microorganisms that live on and in them. Scientific American, "Researchers Optimistic About Breaking Stride Of The Atopic March," 26 Aug. 2019 The microflora use fermentation to turn sugar into milk proteins that are identical to those from a cow. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "The First Animal-Free Ice Cream Hits the Market," 11 July 2019 Essentially, Perfect Day gives microflora — a specific type of fungi — a blueprint through biotechnology that allows it to ferment sugar and create whey and casein. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area company releases ice cream made with real dairy but no cows, at $20 a pint," 11 July 2019 Most supplements contain a cocktail of these varying probiotic strains, designed to deliver a one-two punch of healthy bacteria that supports overall health and the diversity of the gut’s microflora. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Complete Guide to Probiotics, From Supplements to Kombucha," 16 Oct. 2018 Murray’s Cheese is working with Rockefeller University to learn more about the microflora in its cheese caves in Long Island City, Queens. Larissa Zimberoff, New York Times, "Small Cheese Makers Invest in a Stinky Science," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of microflora

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for microflora

New Latin

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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 6 May. 2021.

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mi·​cro·​flo·​ra | \ ˌmī-krə-ˈflōr-ə, -ˈflȯr- How to pronounce microflora (audio) \

Medical Definition of microflora

1 : a small or strictly localized flora (as of a microenvironment) intestinal microflora
2 : microscopic flora — compare macroflora

Other Words from microflora

microfloral \ -​əl How to pronounce microflora (audio) \ adjective

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