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Descriptor English: Biofilms
Descriptor Spanish: Biopelículas
Descriptor Portuguese: Biofilmes
Descriptor French: Biofilms
Entry term(s): Biofilm
Tree number(s): A20.593
G06.120
SP4.031.100.200.292.663.189
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D018441
Scope note: Encrustations formed from microbes (bacteria, algae, fungi, plankton, or protozoa) embedded in an EXTRACELLULAR POLYMERIC SUBSTANCE MATRIX that is secreted by the microbes. They occur on body surfaces such as teeth (DENTAL DEPOSITS); inanimate objects, and bodies of water. Biofilms are prevented from forming by treating surfaces with DENTIFRICES; DISINFECTANTS; ANTI-INFECTIVE AGENTS; and anti-fouling agents.
Annotation: coordinate with specific organism /physiol; occurrence of biofilms on prostheses or other devices: coordinate with specific device; infection of prostheses by biofilms: coordinate BIOFILMS with specific prosthesis + PROSTHESIS-RELATED INFECTIONS + specific infection
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
DE drug effects
GD growth & development
RE radiation effects
Previous Indexing: Bacteria (1981-1994)
Public MeSH Note: 95
History Note: 95
Related: Adhesins, Bacterial MeSH
Bacterial Adhesion MeSH
Biofouling MeSH
Dental Deposits MeSH
Prosthesis-Related Infections MeSH
DeCS ID: 32342
Unique ID: D018441
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1995/01/01
Date of Entry: 1994/04/16
Revision Date: 2018/02/28
Biofilms - Preferred
Concept UI M0027664
Scope note Encrustations formed from microbes (bacteria, algae, fungi, plankton, or protozoa) embedded in an EXTRACELLULAR POLYMERIC SUBSTANCE MATRIX that is secreted by the microbes. They occur on body surfaces such as teeth (DENTAL DEPOSITS); inanimate objects, and bodies of water. Biofilms are prevented from forming by treating surfaces with DENTIFRICES; DISINFECTANTS; ANTI-INFECTIVE AGENTS; and anti-fouling agents.
Preferred term Biofilms
Entry term(s) Biofilm



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