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

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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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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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