from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Milk fermented by bacterial cultures that thrive in dilute acid, often used to alter the bacterial flora of the gastrointestinal tract in the treatment of certain digestive disorders.
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- n. milk fermented by bacteria; used to treat gastrointestinal disorders
New Latin acidophilus, specific epithet of several species of bacteria : acid + -philus, -philous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)