Definition of microbiota in US English:

microbiota

noun

  • The microorganisms of a particular site, habitat, or geological period.

    • ‘It seems likely that the mycorrhizal plants were able to compete effectively with the wider soil microbiota and tap directly into the high quality organic resource patch via their extra-radical mycelium.’
    • ‘Finally, SEM allowed visualizing the microbiota trapped in the bubbles.’
    • ‘The importance of microbial spatial relationships for the functioning of the termite gut microbiota have recently been discussed in detail.’
    • ‘Antibiotic use is the most common and significant cause of major alterations in normal GIT microbiota.’
    • ‘Therefore, we examined the effect of starvation over time on the intestinal microbiota of Atlantic salmon.’
    • ‘Contrasting morphology, which is readily apparent in these close associations, attests to the diverse nature of the microbiota.’
    • ‘Somewhere between 5 and 10 miles you may start to exceed temperatures for known earth microbiota.’
    • ‘Different shades of dark gray are also shown by mummified plant and animal fragments and by dehydrated components of microbiota.’
    • ‘During the developmental period from birth through weaning, the intestinal microbiota undergoes a rapid ecological succession.’
    • ‘We begin to collect these billions of microbiota the moment we begin to pass down our mother's birth canal.’
    • ‘Our dependence on our indigenous microbiota is further confirmed by the fact that many of the abnormalities one finds in germ-free animals are rapidly corrected if the animals are brought into contact with the right kind of bacteria.’
    • ‘Abnormal vaginal microbiota could even be secondary to defective protection of the mucosal immune system.’
    • ‘In the figure is a central channel, and in the lower part of the image microbiota are apparent owing to their mineralization.’
    • ‘What properties of spirochetes (or of the termite gut itself) enable them to become such a prominent component of the microbiota?’
    • ‘These specialised organisms form an integral part of the adult colonic microbiota and may be involved in inflammatory bowel disease due to the effects of sulphide toxicity in the gut.’
    • ‘The normal microbiota in this anoxic environment are composed of bacteria, ciliate and flagellate protozoa, and anaerobic chytridiomycete fungi.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it is likely that most herbivorous dinosaurs employed a mutualistic gut microbiota.’
    • ‘However, limitations imposed by these culture based studies have precluded a standardized description of the rumen microbiota.’
    • ‘The hindgut microbiota of termites includes an abundant and morphologically diverse population of spirochetes.’
    • ‘They are members of the bacterioplankton and enteric microbiota of vertebrates and invertebrates, as well as saprophytes in marine environments in wounds and on the surfaces of dead animals.’

Pronunciation

microbiota

/ˌmīkrōˌbīˈōdə/