lactobacillus

lactobacillus

[lak-toh-buh-sil-uhs]
noun, plural lactobacilli [lak-toh-buh-sil-ahy] . Bacteriology.
any long, slender, rod-shaped, anaerobic bacterium of the genus Lactobacillus, that produces large amounts of lactic acid in the fermentation of carbohydrates, especially in milk.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1901); see lacto-, bacillus

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lactobacillus (ˌlæktəʊbəˈsɪləs)
 
n , pl -li
any Gram-positive rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Lactobacillus, which ferments carbohydrates to lactic acid, for example in the souring of milk: family Lactobacillaceae

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lactobacillus lac·to·ba·cil·lus (lāk'tō-bə-sĭl'əs)
n.
Any of various rod-shaped, nonmotile, aerobic bacteria of the genus Lactobacillus that ferment lactic acid from sugars and are the causative agents in the souring of milk.

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