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lactobacillus

[lak-toh-buh-sil-uh s]
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noun, plural lac·to·ba·cil·li [lak-toh-buh-sil-ahy] /ˌlæk toʊ bəˈsɪl aɪ/. Bacteriology.
  1. 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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  • Koumiss bacterium is related to the Lactobacillus of various other fermented milks, and is similar to Bac.


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lactobacillus

noun plural -li (-laɪ)
  1. 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 in Medicine

lactobacillus

(lăk′tō-bə-sĭləs)
n.
  1. 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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