acidophilus

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acidophilus
1921, used of milk fermented by acidophilic bacteria, a hybrid word, from L. acidus "acidic" + Gk. philos "loving;" the bacteria so called because they stain easily with acid.
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acidophilus

noun
a bacterium that is used to make yogurt and to supplement probiotics 
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