Commensal


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commensal

[kə′men·səl]
(ecology)
An organism living in a state of commensalism.

Commensal

 

an organism that lives with an organism of a different species (permanently or temporarily); the commensal benefits from the association and does not injure the other organism. This association is called commensalism.

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In healthy adults, the amount of diversity seen in skin commensal bacteria is staggering," say James A.
The share of adventive species in the flora of commensal habitats makes 31-38%.
The S pasteuri that was isolated from this kestrel was a coagulase-negative species and may have been nonpathogenic; however, as with most commensal Staphylococcus species, circumstance may have led to opportunistic infection.
A healthy gut contains a balanced mixture of many commensal (beneficial) species.
Of the four commensal bacteria tested, Clostridium nexile was the most sensitive strain, whereas Lactobacillus casei was effectively resistant even at the highest (1%) concentration of garlic.
The resistance to colitis was attributed to differences in the commensal bacteria.
Our 90 trillion commensal cells outnumber human cells ten to one, play a prominent role in resistance to pathogenic microbes, and are an integral--not aberrant- part of the healthy ecology of microbial life.
PFGE type 4 contained 8 commensal and 1 ophthalmic isolates, type 5, 10 and 11 contained 5 ophthalmic isolates each, type 7 contained 3 ophthalmic isolates.