Definition of probiotic in English:

probiotic

adjective

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other supplements that may help include chamomile tea for liver cleansing, probiotic supplements for intestinal health, and ginkgo biloba to boost circulation.’
    • ‘More studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of probiotic prophylaxis.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The agency's new food and nutrition team will handle the launch of Yakult, the original probiotic drink which originated in Japan in 1935.’
    • ‘Not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics are those substances that stimulate growth of probiotic organisms.’
    • ‘The process also ensures the protein, okara, isoflavones, phytosterols, probiotic sugars and oil remain in their naturally occurring forms.’
    • ‘In vitro studies demonstrate probiotic agents inhibit adherence of dysbiotic organisms to intestinal epithelial cells.’
    • ‘For example, a recent study from Italy found dramatic blocking of breast tumor cell growth with five different probiotic strains.’
    • ‘And, of course, some of the products were truly new for the consumers, particularly probiotic dairy foods.’
    • ‘The differences were reduced when adjusted for age, but the authors conclude that probiotic milk could provide a useful public health intervention.’
    • ‘Another rapid growth product subsector was probiotic drinkable yogurt.’
    • ‘Several studies have uncovered the potential benefits of probiotic strains on lowering cholesterol, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.’
    • ‘Six studies showed a significant benefit of probiotic treatment compared with placebo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In coming years, we can expect to see probiotic cheeses and even ice-creams coming onto the market.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • 1A probiotic substance or preparation.

    • ‘Consulting a knowledgeable practitioner is the best way to find out which prebiotics and probiotics are most effective for specific conditions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also offer a nearly ideal foundation for probiotics, prebiotics, soy and many other supplementary functional ingredients.’
    • ‘More and more of these delicious, naturally healthful products are packing in extra nutrients such as probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and fiber.’
    • ‘The exact mechanisms by which probiotics prevent atopy are also under debate.’
    • ‘An increasing number of manufactures are combining probiotics and prebiotics in their products.’
    • ‘Use supplements such as probiotics and prebiotics to help avoid intestinal infections or systemic illness.’
    • ‘He suggests that using probiotics or having surgeons dip their hands into a probiotic solution (after a thorough cleaning) might be a better approach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The expected advantages of probiotics include ease of administration, cost effectiveness, and relative lack of side effects.’
    • ‘Arguably, it is not appropriate to generalise to other probiotics advocated to prevent vulvovaginitis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Associated studies have confirmed the positive effect probiotics have on the immune system, both in animal and human trials.’
    • ‘Medical and media professionals have also begun touting the importance of probiotics and prebiotics in illness and disease prevention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not to be confused with probiotics, prebiotics are those substances that stimulate growth of probiotic organisms.’
    1. 1.1A microorganism introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities.
      • ‘In the United States, Lactobacillus acidophilus is the probiotic that shows up most often in dairy products.’
      • ‘All animals have naturally occurring beneficial probiotics in their guts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They deliberately infect their stock with living bacteria that can confer a health benefit, known as probiotics.’
      • ‘The actions and qualities of probiotics appear to be strain specific.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We tested a possible effect of the ingestion of probiotics on the bacterial flora of the nose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They feed the beneficial bacteria and modify the composition of intestinal microflora so probiotics can predominate.’
      • ‘However, probiotics - friendly bacteria - ensure that yeast regrowth will be minimal.’
      • ‘Turn to probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that help digest food.’
      • ‘Acidophilus is a type of probiotic; probiotics are live microorganisms that may improve your intestinal balance.’
      • ‘A prebiotic functions by selectively stimulating the growth of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria in the GI tract.’
      • ‘First, keep in mind that the enemies of probiotics include such commonplace substances as antibiotics, birth control pills, aspirin, alcohol and stress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By increasing the number of good bacteria, probiotics protect the gut from the invasion of disease-causing, or ‘pathogenic,’ bacteria that cause diarrhea.’
      • ‘It is also pertinent to consider the influence of feed processing on survivability of the probiotics in the final prepared diet.’

Pronunciation:

probiotic

/ˌprōbīˈädik/