probiotic

noun
pro·​bi·​ot·​ic | \ prō-bī-ˈä-tik How to pronounce probiotic (audio) , -bē-ˈä- \

Definition of probiotic

: a microorganism (such as lactobacillus) 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

Other Words from probiotic

probiotic adjective

Examples of probiotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adding the probiotic changed the composition of the coral’s microbiome. Sarah Vitak, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2022 Data from multiple studies, including ones involving athletes and active individuals, has found that taking a probiotic with lactobacillus or bifidobacterium strains might help decrease the frequency and duration of these infections. Pamela Nisevich Bede, Outside Online, 26 Mar. 2020 Consider a digestive system hack like a 30-day elimination diet or start taking a probiotic. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 For constipation, select a probiotic with B. longum. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2021 This will boost your dog’s urinary tract health, thanks to the nearly six billion CFUs that make each bite a powerful probiotic. Chris Hachey, BGR, 12 May 2021 On a crisp day in January 2020, scientists at Florida’s Smithsonian Marine Station applied a probiotic to coral in the ocean, the first time that had been tried. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, 1 May 2021 Taking a probiotic with dinner or a larger lunch may end up being counterintuitive. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 1 Apr. 2021 For humans, yogurt can serve as a natural probiotic but for dogs, dairy can actually hinder digestion. Nicole Letts, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of probiotic

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for probiotic

pro- entry 2 + -biotic (as in antibiotic)

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23 Apr 2022

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“Probiotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/probiotic. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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probiotic

noun
pro·​bi·​ot·​ic | \ prō-bī-ˈät-ik, -bē- How to pronounce probiotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of probiotic

: 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

Other Words from probiotic

probiotic adjective

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