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Descriptor in English: Biofilms
Descriptor in Spanish: Biopelículas
Descriptor in Portuguese: Biofilmes
Descriptor in French: Biofilms
Entry term(s): Biofilm
Tree number(s): A20.593
G06.120
SP4.031.100.200.292.663.189
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 IM with specific organism /physiol (IM); occurrence of biofilms on prostheses or other devices: coordinate IM with specific device (IM); infection of prostheses by biofilms: coordinate BIOFILMS (IM) with specific prosthesis (IM) + PROSTHESIS-RELATED INFECTIONS (IM) + specific infection (IM)
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
DE drug effects
GD growth & development
RE radiation effects
History Note: 95
See also the descriptors: Adhesins, Bacterial MeSH
Bacterial Adhesion MeSH
Biofouling MeSH
Dental Deposits MeSH
Prosthesis-Related Infections MeSH
DeCS UI: 32342
Descriptor UI: D018441
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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