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microbiota

[mahy-kroh-bahy-oh-tuh] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ baɪˈoʊ tə/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Microbiology.
1.
the microorganisms, both flora and fauna, that inhabit a particular region, when considered collectively.
2.
the microorganisms that live in the human body, symbiotically or pathologically.
See also microbiome.
Origin of microbiota
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30; micro- + biota
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