microbial persistence

mi·cro·bi·al per·sis·tence

the phenomenon of survival, in high concentration of an antimicrobial substance, of microbes that seem not to be resistant variants (mutants) because their progeny are fully susceptible.
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Thus, in this way, the host provides unique opportunities for biofilm formation in the mouth, and a secure haven for microbial persistence. (16)
However, due to microbial persistence, spoilage and odor formation still occur.

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