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(1) A popular term for yogurt bacteria, which help restore normal GI-tract flora, after its alteration by antibiotics; acidophilus also may be useful in managing mucocutaneous candidiasis.
(2) Lactobacillus acidophilus, see there.


The bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus that is usually found in yogurt.


n Latin names:
Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus; part used: entire organism; uses: stimulates growth of bacteria in digestive tract; treats urinary tract infections, yeast infections, thrush in babies; also claimed to encourage nonspecific immunity and to prevent cancerous growths in breast and colon; precautions: lactose intolerance. Also called
Bacid, Lactinex, MoreDophilus, Probiata, Probiotics, Superdolphilus, or