coliform

adjective co·li·form \ ˈkō-lə-ˌfȯrm , ˈkä- \

Definition of coliform

: of, relating to, or being gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria (such as E. coli) normally present in the intestine
  • monitored coliform levels in drinking water

coliform

noun

First Known Use of coliform

1906

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coliform

adjective co·li·form \ ˈkō-lə-ˌfȯrm, ˈkäl-ə- \

medical Definition of coliform

: of, relating to, or being gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria (such as E. coli) normally present in the intestine
  • monitored coliform levels in drinking water

coliform

noun
    • Fecal coliforms can include disease-causing organisms, such as some strains of E. coli, which produces severe diarrhea.
    • Consumer ReportsFebruary 1992

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