The normal microflora: an introduction

The ‘normal microflora’ is the term most commonly used when referring to the microbial collection that consistently inhabits the bodies of healthy animals

Gerald W. Tannock

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • The ‘normal microflora’ is the term most commonly used when referring to the microbial collection that consistently inhabits the bodies of healthy animals
  • The strictly correct term is ‘indigenous micro-biota’, since it refers to a collection of microscopic creatures that are native to the body
  • Commensalism refers to an association between two organisms in which one partner benefits from the relationship but the other obtains neither benefit nor harm
  • ‘Normal microflora’ has, been used extensively in the medical literature for many decades, has international recognition, is likely to remain in common usage, and is used in this book

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