Biology. having an affinity for acid stains; eosinophilic.
Ecology. thriving in or requiring an acid environment.
adj. 1920, used of milk fermented by acidophilic bacteria, from acidophil (1900), a hybrid word, from Latin acidus “acidic” (see acid (adj.)) + Greek philos “loving” (see -phile); the bacteria so called because they stain easily with an acid dye.
- Acidophilus milk
a fermented milk produced by growing the bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus in milk, used in medicine to alter the microbial flora of the intestinal tract under certain conditions. noun (med) milk fermented by bacteria of the species Lactobacillus acidophilus, used in treating disorders of the gastrointestinal tract acidophilus milk ac·i·doph·i·lus milk (ās’ĭ-dŏf’ə-ləs) n. Milk fermented by […]
a blood condition in which the bicarbonate concentration is below normal. Historical Examples acidosis is a form of intoxication due to the retention of these toxic acids in the body. Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit As the sarco-lactic acid liberated in the muscles is not oxygenated a condition of acidosis ensues. Manual of Surgery […]
a blood condition in which the bicarbonate concentration is below normal. noun a condition characterized by an abnormal increase in the acidity of the blood and extracellular fluids acidosis ac·i·do·sis (ās’ĭ-dō’sĭs) n. pl. ac·i·do·ses (-sēz’) An abnormal increase in the acidity of body fluids, caused either by accumulation of acids or by depletion of bicarbonates. […]