acidophilus

adj.

1920, used of milk fermented by acidophilic bacteria, from acidophil (1900), a hybrid word, from Latin acidus "acidic" (see acid (adj.)) + Greek philos "loving" (see -phile); the bacteria so called because they stain easily with an acid dye.


Nearby words

  1. acidolysis,
  2. acidometer,
  3. acidophil,
  4. acidophil adenoma,
  5. acidophilic,
  6. acidophilus milk,
  7. acidosis,
  8. acidulant,
  9. acidulate,
  10. acidulent

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