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A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. Not in technical use.

[French : Greek mīkro-, micro- + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

mi·cro′bi·al (mī-krō′bē-əl), mi·cro′bic (-krō′bĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.microbial - of or involving or caused by or being microbesmicrobial - of or involving or caused by or being microbes; "microbial warfare"


[maɪˈkrəʊbɪəl] ADJmicrobiano


a. microbiano-a, rel. a los microbios.


adj microbiano
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Probiotics are defined as living organisms fed to animals in order to promote a healthy balance of the microbial flora in the gut of the host.
Abstract: Cloacal or fecal Gram's stains and bacterial cultures are routinely performed during avian physical examinations to assess the microbial flora of the gastrointestinal tract.
Eubiotic help to regulate the microbial flora within the livestock and also play an important role in their health and well-being by maintaining the required balance of eubiosis in the gastrointestinal tract.
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Al Beloushi, who was part of the SQU and Malaysian Monash University research team that investigated the safety of traditional dried anchovies by characterising their microbial flora, revealed that besides the unhygienic fishing methods, dried anchovies are consumed in Oman and other countries in the region without any heat treatment.
Muscat: A group of researchers based in SQU and Monash University, Malaysian campus, who investigated the safety of traditional dried anchovies by characterising their microbial flora in a study published by African Journal of Microbiology Research in July 2013, found high levels of microbial contamination.
We are also beginning to supplement these data with studies of 1) the potential impact of the local municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent on the Pine River, and 2) sediment bacterial populations themselves, determining whether the presence of resistance genes is leading to changes in the microbial flora of local streams and rivers.
It incorporates tables, illustrations, clinical cases, and study questions, and introduces microbiology, commensal and pathogenic microbial flora in humans, and sterilization, disinfection, and antisepsis, as well as the techniques used by microbiologists and immunologists, then covers immunology (updated and reorganized for this edition), including cells and tissues, innate immunity, antigen-specific immunity, antimicrobial immunity, and vaccines, and bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
They proposed that a GBS-specific immune defect might exist in HIV-infected pregnant women and suggested that this defect could be blurred by competitive exclusion of GBS as a consequence of changes in microbial flora at lower CD4 counts.
This allowed for a more even distribution of naturally occurring microbial flora on the surfaces of each sample type and controlled for the potentially confounding factor of uneven distribution in microbial load or species composition of the initial spoilage inoculum.
Extensive papers were published on various aspects of the microbial flora associated with fish eggs, skin, gills and intestine, and on the relationship of the intestinal microbiota to that of the aquatic habitat.

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