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Descriptor English: Kefir
Descriptor Spanish: Kéfir
Descriptor Portuguese: Kefir
Descriptor French: Kéfir
Entry term(s): Grain, Kefir
Grains, Kefir
Kefir Grain
Kefir Grains
Tree number(s): A12.790.375
G07.203.100.700.375
G07.203.200.500.666
G07.203.300.350.300.666
G07.203.300.350.525.375
J02.200.700.375
J02.350.500.666
J02.500.350.300.666
J02.500.350.525.375
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D000070716
Scope note: A beverage made from milk fermented by a mixture of endogenous LACTIC ACID-producing yeast and bacteria (KEFIR GRAINS), many of which are PROBIOTICS. It should not be confused with KAFFIR LIME or KAFFIR CORN.
Allowable Qualifiers: AE adverse effects
AN analysis
CL classification
EC economics
HI history
MI microbiology
PO poisoning
PS parasitology
RE radiation effects
SD supply & distribution
SN statistics & numerical data
ST standards
TO toxicity
VI virology
Public MeSH Note: 2017; see MILK 1998-2003 and CULTURED MILK PRODUCTS 2004-2016
History Note: 2017; use MILK 1998-2003 and CULTURED MILK PRODUCTS 2004-2016
DeCS ID: 56770
Unique ID: D000070716
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Date Established: 2017/01/01
Date of Entry: 2016/07/08
Revision Date: 2017/04/14
Kefir - Preferred
Concept UI M0013888
Scope note A beverage made from milk fermented by a mixture of endogenous LACTIC ACID-producing yeast and bacteria (KEFIR GRAINS), many of which are PROBIOTICS. It should not be confused with KAFFIR LIME or KAFFIR CORN.
Preferred term Kefir
Kefir Grains - Narrower
Concept UI M000611191
Scope note Symbiotic associations of different, predominantly LACTIC ACID-producing bacteria and yeast that exist in a polysaccharide and protein matrix, forming small grain-like aggregates in KEFIR.
Preferred term Kefir Grains
Entry term(s) Grain, Kefir
Grains, Kefir
Kefir Grain



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