E. coli

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noun \ˌē-ˈkō-ˌlī\

Definition of E. coli

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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 — see enterobacterium illustration

First Known Use of e. coli

1925


E. COLI Defined for English Language Learners

E. coli

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Definition of E. coli for English Language Learners

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


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