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E. coli

noun \ˌē-ˈkō-ˌlī\

Simple Definition of E. coli

  • : a kind of bacteria that is sometimes in food and water and that can make people sick

Full Definition of E. coli

plural E. coli

  1. :  an enterobacterium (Escherichia coli) that is used in public health as an indicator of fecal pollution (as of water or food) and in medicine and genetics as a research organism and that occurs in various strains that may live as harmless inhabitants of the human lower intestine or may produce a toxin causing intestinal illness

1926

First Known Use of e. coli

1926


Medical Dictionary

E. coli

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noun \ˌē-ˈkō-ˌlī\

Medical Definition of E. coli

plural E. coli also E. colis

  1. :  a straight rod-shaped gram-negative bacterium (Escherichia coli of the family Enterobacteriaceae) that is used in public health as an indicator of fecal pollution (as of water or food) and in medicine and genetics as a research organism and that occurs in various strains that may live as harmless inhabitants of the human lower intestine or may produce a toxin causing intestinal illness <one million acid-resistant E. coli per gram of feces—John Schwartz> <this E. coli can survive…longer than all the other E. colis—Ed Geldreich>



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