microbiome

microbiome

[mahy-kroh-bahy-ohm]
noun
Biology. 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.

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

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