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probiotic

Pronunciation: pro'bi-ot'ik

Definition:

  1. Relating to probiosis.
  2. In veterinary medicine, a therapeutic preparation that provides bacteria orally resulting in a normalizing effect on the gut. Indications include disturbances of normal gut flora following antibiotic therapy and in infectious diarrheas. Lactobacillus and other bacteria are administered in an oral form, often as a paste or gel.
  3. Denotes use of microorganisms to benefit health.
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