prebiotics

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pre·bi·ot·ics

(prē'bī-ot'iks)
Nondigestible food ingredients that target selected groups of the human colonic microflora, thus enhancing colonization of those offering health benefits, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.
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prebiotics (prē·bī·ˑ·tiks),

n.pl nondigestible food components that support overall health by promoting the activity of probiotic bacteria in the large intestine. Also called
oligosaccharides.