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

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Other Words from probiotic

probiotic adjective

Examples of probiotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By taking a microbe-system approach, this probiotic is designed to offer benefits to the cardiovascular system, metabolism, and skin in addition to gastrointestinal health. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Seed Probiotics review: Can this shelf-stable probiotic subscription improve gut function?," 7 Nov. 2020 This is recommended to help your body adjust to a new probiotic. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Seed Probiotics review: Can this shelf-stable probiotic subscription improve gut function?," 7 Nov. 2020 This probiotic is vegan and free of gluten, dairy, and preservatives. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Seed Probiotics review: Can this shelf-stable probiotic subscription improve gut function?," 7 Nov. 2020 So his group turned to Saccharomyces boulardii, a type of yeast considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a probiotic to improve gut health. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Antibody-producing yeast vanquishes deadly gut infection in mice," 28 Oct. 2020 One way to combat this is to ask your doctor about taking a probiotic at the same time, to preserve your populations of helpful bacteria, says Dr. Cackovic. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "8 Yeast Infection Causes That Should Be on Your Radar," 6 Oct. 2020 Care probiotic helped support her immune system after Callum arrived. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Jenna Dewan Had to ‘Remember to Look After Myself’ at the Start of the Pandemic," 26 Aug. 2020 Gut health has gained attention in recent years, prompting some health-conscious people to take probiotics supplements, drink apple cider vinegar and eat yogurt. Washington Post, "UVA researcher working to engineer ‘gut bugs’ for health," 2 Aug. 2019 Her mask of choice is K-Beauty staple Lapcos Pearl Sheet Mask ($14), which is full of probiotics and botanical ingredients to brighten and clarify the skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Actress Trace Lysette Shares Her Daily Skincare Routine," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of probiotic was in 1974

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17 Jan 2021

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“Probiotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/probiotic. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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