nounplural noun lactobacilli/ˌlaktəʊbəˈsɪlʌɪ/Biology
A rod-shaped bacterium which produces lactic acid from the fermentation of carbohydrates.
Genus Lactobacillus; non-motile Gram-positive bacteria‘Then a starter culture of lactic streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria is added.’
- ‘In my practice, I find that most bloated stomachs are caused by ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut, which you can combat by having a small pot a day of live natural yoghurt containing the probiotic bacteria lactobacilli, bifidus or acidophilus.’
- ‘These are likely to be unhelpful to women with bacterial vaginosis because the lactobacilli are directed at the wrong anatomical site and are of the wrong kind.’
- ‘The former tended to have a flora similar to that typical in western Europe during the 1970s, including a preponderance of lactobacilli and eubacteria, while the latter tended to have more clostridia species, including C. difficile.’
- ‘This is a condition marked by lowered naturally present vaginal lactobacilli and an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria.’
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