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probiotic

[proh-bahy-ot-ik] /ˌproʊ baɪˈɒt ɪk/
noun
1.
a usually dairy food or a dietary supplement containing live bacteria that replace or add to the beneficial bacteria normally present in the gastrointestinal tract.
2.
a bacterium in such a food or dietary supplement.
adjective
3.
noting or pertaining to a probiotic:
a probiotic yogurt drink.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; pro-1 + biotic, on the model of antibiotic
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Examples from the web for probiotic
  • The range of organic probiotic drinks to choose from can cause confusion.
  • In the dairy case: probiotic yogurt for your insides and milk for your brain.
  • Feeding mosquitos probiotic-infused nectar could make them resistant to the disease.
British Dictionary definitions for probiotic

probiotic

/ˌprəʊbaɪˈɒtɪk/
noun
1.
a harmless bacterium that helps to protect the body from harmful bacteria
2.
a substance that encourages the growth of natural healthy bacteria in the gut
adjective
3.
of or relating to probiotics: probiotic yogurt
Word Origin
C20: from pro-1 + (anti)biotic
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