lactobacillus

[ lak-toh-buh-sil-uh s ]
/ ˌlæk toʊ bəˈsɪl əs /

noun, plural lac·to·ba·cil·li [lak-toh-buh-sil-ahy] /ˌlæk toʊ bəˈsɪl aɪ/. 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.

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Origin of lactobacillus

< New Latin (1901); see lacto-, bacillus
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British Dictionary definitions for lactobacillus

lactobacillus
/ (ˌlæktəʊbəˈsɪləs) /

noun plural -li (-laɪ)

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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Medical definitions for lactobacillus

lactobacillus
[ lăk′tō-bə-sĭləs ]

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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