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flora

 [flor´ah]
the collective plant organisms of a given locality.
intestinal flora the bacteria normally residing within the lumen of the intestine; some are aids in digestion and food breakdown.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

flo·ra

(flō'ră),
1. Plant life, usually of a certain locality or district.
2. The population of microorganisms inhabiting the internal and external surfaces of healthy conventional animals. Synonym(s): microbial associates
[L. Flora, goddess of flowers, fr. flos (flor-), a flower]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

flora

(flôr′ə)
n. pl. floras or florae (flôr′ē′)
1. Plants considered as a group, especially the plants of a particular country, region, or time.
2. A treatise describing the plants of a region or time.
3. The bacteria and other microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part: intestinal flora.
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flora

The bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that normally inhabit a space in the environment or in/on the body–eg intestinal flora, oral flora, etc. See Upper respiratory tract.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

flo·ra

(flō'ră)
1. Plant life, usually of a certain locality or district.
2. The population of microorganisms inhabiting the internal and external surfaces of healthy conventional animals.
[L. Flora, goddess of flowers, fr. flos (flor-), a flower]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

flora

1. The entire plant life of a region.
2. In medicine, the term is used to refer to the entire bacterial life of a region of the body, as in ‘intestinal flora’, ‘oral flora’, ‘skin flora’ or ‘normal flora’ (COMMENSALS). Although often free-moving, micro-organisms were not classified under fauna. This convenient usage originated at a time when all living things were either flora or fauna. It no longer complies with current biological classification; the bacteria and the cyanobacteria now have a kingdom of their own (Monera).
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

flora

  1. the plant life characteristic of a particular geographical area.
  2. a botanical manual from which plants can be identified by the use of KEYS. See also MICROFLORA.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Flora

Refers to normal bacteria found in a healthy person.
Mentioned in: Abscess, Stool Culture
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

flo·ra

(flō'ră)
1. Plant life.
2. The population of microorganisms inhabiting body surfaces of healthy conventional animals.
[L. Flora, goddess of flowers, fr. flos (flor-), a flower]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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DISCUSSION: Actinomycosis is caused by gram-positive anaerobic filamentous bacteria that are part of the normal oral flora. (2, 3) The most frequent cause is A.
A sputum culture yielded normal oral flora, and sputum smears were negative for acid-fast bacilli.
Bacteria associated with infection at the site of a bite wound originate from the normal oral flora of the biting human or animal, where anaerobes outnumber aerobic bacteria in a ratio of 10:1.
DISCUSSION: Actinomycosis is caused by gram-positive anaerobic filamentous bacteria that are part of the normal oral flora. Usually, it represents a chronic infection characterized by pus, fibrosis and fistulas that drain sulfur-like granules.