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probiotic

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noun pro·bi·ot·ic \prō-bī-ˈä-tik, -bē-ˈä-\

Definition of probiotic

  1. :  a preparation (as a dietary supplement) containing live bacteria (as lactobacilli) that is taken orally to restore beneficial bacteria to the body; also :  a bacterium of such a preparation

probiotic adjective


Origin of probiotic

2pro- + -biotic (as in antibiotic)


First Known Use: 1951


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probiotic

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noun pro·bi·ot·ic \prō-bī-ˈät-ik, -bē-\

Medical Definition of probiotic

  1. :  a microorganism (such as lactobacillus or bifidobacterium) that when consumed (as in a food or a dietary supplement) maintains or restores beneficial bacteria to the digestive tract; also :  a product or preparation that contains such microorganisms—compare prebiotic

probiotic adjective



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