acidophilus

noun
ac·​i·​doph·​i·​lus | \ ˌa-sə-ˈdä-f(ə-)ləs How to pronounce acidophilus (audio) \

Definition of acidophilus

: a lactobacillus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) that is added especially to dairy products (such as yogurt and milk) or prepared as a dietary supplement, is part of the normal intestinal and vaginal flora, and is used therapeutically especially to promote intestinal health also : a preparation containing such bacteria

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Recent Examples on the Web Lactobacillus acidophilus is a good bacteria that lines the gut membranes and aids in eliminating toxins. Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Easy Ways to Detox," 15 Jan. 2015 The inventory includes: Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. casei, L. casei sbsp. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 Its vegan, gluten-free probiotic formula has one billion lactobacillus acidophilus and four billion bifidobacterium lactis per dose, popular strains thought to help promote digestive and immune health. Kristi Kellogg, Allure, "What You Should Know Before Taking Probiotic Supplements," 9 Apr. 2018 Some Greek yogurt also boasts added probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei that may help increase the good bacteria in your gut. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "10 Foods Filled With Probiotics," 12 Apr. 2018 But [probiotics] are exactly like the cocaine industry — there’s s–tty cocaine, s–tty acidophilus. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Vitamins for your hair, nails, and skin are everywhere on Instagram. Don’t fall for them.," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of acidophilus

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acidophilus

borrowed from New Latin, "acidophilic," specific epithet of Lactobacillus acidophilus

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The first known use of acidophilus was in 1901

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“Acidophilus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidophilus. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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acidophilus

noun
ac·​i·​doph·​i·​lus | \ ˌas-ə-ˌdäf-(ə-)ləs How to pronounce acidophilus (audio) \

Medical Definition of acidophilus

: a lactobacillus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) that is added especially to dairy products (as yogurt and milk) or prepared as a dietary supplement, is part of the normal intestinal and vaginal flora, and is used therapeutically especially to promote intestinal health also : a preparation containing such bacteria

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