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- Lactobacillus from lacto- meaning milk, -bacillus meaning rod-like in shape.
- acidophilus for acid loving.
- A species of bacteria in the genus Lactobacillus. Sometimes used in the production of yogurt.
Also known as the Boas-Oppler bacillus after Ismar Isidor Boas, a German gastroenterologist (1858-1938) and Bruno Oppler (-1932) a German physician from Breslau.
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