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nor·mal flor·a(nōr'măl flōr'ă)
The largest concentration of bacteria in humans is in the colon, where more than 400 genera may coexist. In the colon, anaerobic bacteria outnumber aerobic bacteria 1000:1, and there may be 1011 per g of fecal material. The anaerobic gram-positive lactobacilli may be concentrated in the vagina at the 105 to 108/ml level, but 20% of women have no detectable anaerobes in the vagina. In dental plaque and gingival sulci, the bacteria may reach a concentration of 1012/ml.