Definition of probiotic in English:



  • Denoting a substance which stimulates the growth of microorganisms, especially those with beneficial properties (such as those of the intestinal flora).

    • ‘Another rapid growth product subsector was probiotic drinkable yogurt.’
    • ‘The agency's new food and nutrition team will handle the launch of Yakult, the original probiotic drink which originated in Japan in 1935.’
    • ‘The process also ensures the protein, okara, isoflavones, phytosterols, probiotic sugars and oil remain in their naturally occurring forms.’
    • ‘Most stakeholders have indicated support for the change - after all, the survival and growth of live probiotic bacteria are essential if the consumer is to realize any health benefits, right?’
    • ‘And, of course, some of the products were truly new for the consumers, particularly probiotic dairy foods.’
    • ‘Industry experts believe not only a brighter future looms, but also that dairy foods and beverages provide the best vehicle for delivering probiotic bacteria to benefit intestinal health.’
    • ‘Other supplements that may help include chamomile tea for liver cleansing, probiotic supplements for intestinal health, and ginkgo biloba to boost circulation.’
    • ‘A dietary fiber derived from the chicory root, inulin has been shown to stimulate the growth and activity of probiotic cultures, aid in the digestive process and boost calcium absorption.’
    • ‘Several studies have uncovered the potential benefits of probiotic strains on lowering cholesterol, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.’
    • ‘For example, a recent study from Italy found dramatic blocking of breast tumor cell growth with five different probiotic strains.’
    • ‘Inulin, a carbohydrate or fructooligosaccharide derived typically from chicory root, is a soluble-dietary fiber that has application as a prebiotic or stimulant of probiotic bacteria.’
    • ‘The differences were reduced when adjusted for age, but the authors conclude that probiotic milk could provide a useful public health intervention.’
    • ‘Six studies showed a significant benefit of probiotic treatment compared with placebo.’
    • ‘In coming years, we can expect to see probiotic cheeses and even ice-creams coming onto the market.’
    • ‘In vitro studies demonstrate probiotic agents inhibit adherence of dysbiotic organisms to intestinal epithelial cells.’
    • ‘Current evidence supports the concept that oral administration of probiotic therapies may be beneficial in a multitude of disorders both inside and outside the gastrointestinal tract.’
    • ‘Not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics are those substances that stimulate growth of probiotic organisms.’
    • ‘More studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of probiotic prophylaxis.’
    • ‘Its new probiotic butter is a direct response to consumer trends and the first in a new range of products currently in the development phase.’
    • ‘Prebiotics are nondigestible foods or nutrients that increase growth of beneficial, probiotic bacteria in the large intestine, where they stimulate health and help curb foodborne pathogens.’


  • 1A probiotic substance or preparation.

    • ‘For example, say some researchers, purified probiotic DNA or irradiated probiotics may be safer than viable preparations, and could be used by people with compromised immune systems.’
    • ‘The potential of probiotics to control allergic inflammation at an early age was assessed in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study.’
    • ‘And a Swedish report published in 1999 indicated that probiotics may bolster the immune system, fight carcinogens in our bodies and perhaps prevent colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘Arguably, it is not appropriate to generalise to other probiotics advocated to prevent vulvovaginitis.’
    • ‘This is one of many studies either published or currently being conducted in the medical industry that link probiotics with wither post-operative treatment or actual disease prevention.’
    • ‘Although prebiotics may be an unfamiliar concept to consumers, the possibility of prebiotics and probiotics being embraced by the consumer segment holds promise for a healthy yogurt future.’
    • ‘He suggests that using probiotics or having surgeons dip their hands into a probiotic solution (after a thorough cleaning) might be a better approach.’
    • ‘Use supplements such as probiotics and prebiotics to help avoid intestinal infections or systemic illness.’
    • ‘An increasing number of manufactures are combining probiotics and prebiotics in their products.’
    • ‘The expected advantages of probiotics include ease of administration, cost effectiveness, and relative lack of side effects.’
    • ‘They also offer a nearly ideal foundation for probiotics, prebiotics, soy and many other supplementary functional ingredients.’
    • ‘Associated studies have confirmed the positive effect probiotics have on the immune system, both in animal and human trials.’
    • ‘Not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics are those substances that stimulate growth of probiotic organisms.’
    • ‘Medical and media professionals have also begun touting the importance of probiotics and prebiotics in illness and disease prevention.’
    • ‘Now that the market for prebiotics and probiotics included in yogurt products is ripe and waiting to be tapped, one company has stepped up to the plate.’
    • ‘The exact mechanisms by which probiotics prevent atopy are also under debate.’
    • ‘To combat the problems of gastrointestinal infection, a probiotic must be non-pathogenic and must act against pathogens by different mechanisms from antibiotics for example, by competition.’
    • ‘Consulting a knowledgeable practitioner is the best way to find out which prebiotics and probiotics are most effective for specific conditions.’
    • ‘More and more of these delicious, naturally healthful products are packing in extra nutrients such as probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and fiber.’
    • ‘‘We want to add as many health components as possible to yogurt because it is best carrier of probiotics and prebiotics,’ he says, adding that demand has risen every year.’
    1. 1.1 A microorganism introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities.
      • ‘The actions and qualities of probiotics appear to be strain specific.’
      • ‘However, probiotics - friendly bacteria - ensure that yeast regrowth will be minimal.’
      • ‘By increasing the number of good bacteria, probiotics protect the gut from the invasion of disease-causing, or ‘pathogenic,’ bacteria that cause diarrhea.’
      • ‘They feed the beneficial bacteria and modify the composition of intestinal microflora so probiotics can predominate.’
      • ‘It is also pertinent to consider the influence of feed processing on survivability of the probiotics in the final prepared diet.’
      • ‘Inulin is a ‘prebiotic,’ a food ingredient that selectively stimulates the beneficial bacteria in the human digestive tract to increase the beneficial effects of probiotics.’
      • ‘Acidophilus is a type of probiotic; probiotics are live microorganisms that may improve your intestinal balance.’
      • ‘All animals have naturally occurring beneficial probiotics in their guts.’
      • ‘A prebiotic functions by selectively stimulating the growth of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria in the GI tract.’
      • ‘They deliberately infect their stock with living bacteria that can confer a health benefit, known as probiotics.’
      • ‘A new product debuting at the end of the year, Kibow Biotics made by Kibow Biotech, provides naturally occurring probiotics that eat the toxins left behind by malfunctioning kidneys.’
      • ‘Because milk itself did not provide this protection, researchers suggested that the probiotics - or good bacteria - found in yogurt may be the protective factor.’
      • ‘The inhibition of pathogenic bacteria by probiotics is an orchestrated combination of structure and function.’
      • ‘Turn to probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that help digest food.’
      • ‘First, keep in mind that the enemies of probiotics include such commonplace substances as antibiotics, birth control pills, aspirin, alcohol and stress.’
      • ‘We tested a possible effect of the ingestion of probiotics on the bacterial flora of the nose.’
      • ‘In the United States, Lactobacillus acidophilus is the probiotic that shows up most often in dairy products.’
      • ‘The popular media have learned about probiotics and beneficial bacteria and are reporting about it more often, to savvy consumers with instant access to information at the click of a mouse button.’
      • ‘They belong to a group of healthy, live microorganisms called probiotics.’
      • ‘The Finnish study suggests that probiotics may be useful in preventing respiratory infections, a mucosal site not in direct contact with the site of colonisation by the probiotic.’