microbiome

[ mahy-kroh-bahy-ohm ]
/ ˌmaɪ kroʊˈbaɪ oʊm /

noun Microbiology.

the totality of microorganisms and their collective genetic material present in or on the human body or in another environment: The wide diversity of species that make up the microbiome is hard to fathom.

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Origin of microbiome

coined 2001 by Joshua Lederberg, American molecular biologist; micro(be) + biome
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