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

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coliform noun

First Known Use of coliform

1906, in the meaning defined above

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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

Other Words from coliform

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

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