prebiotic

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adjective pre·bi·ot·ic \ˌprē-bī-ˈä-tik\

Definition of prebiotic

  1. :  of, relating to, or being chemical or environmental precursors of the origin of life <prebiotic molecules>; also :  existing or occurring before the origin of life

1958

First Known Use of prebiotic

1958


Medical Dictionary

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prebiotic

adjective pre·bi·ot·ic \-bī-ˈät-ik\

Medical Definition of prebiotic

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or being chemical or environmental precursors of the origin of life <prebiotic molecules>; also :  existing or occurring before the origin of life <prebiotic conditions>

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or being a prebiotic <Prebiotic agents included the oligosaccharides inulin, galactose, fructose, lactulose, and combinations of these nutrients.—Josef Neu et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 20 Jan. 2011>

prebiotically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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prebiotic

noun pre·bi·ot·ic

Medical Definition of prebiotic

  1. :  a substance and especially a carbohydrate (such as inulin) that is nearly or wholly indigestible and that when consumed (as in food) promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract—compare probiotic


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