acidophilus

noun ac·i·doph·i·lus \ ˌa-sə-ˈdä-f(ə-)ləs \

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

Origin and Etymology of acidophilus

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


Medical Dictionary

acidophilus

noun ac·i·doph·i·lus \ ˌas-ə-ˌdäf-(ə-)ləs \

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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