coliform

adjective
co·​li·​form | \ ˈkō-lə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce coliform (audio) , 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coliform. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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coliform

adjective
co·​li·​form | \ ˈkō-lə-ˌfȯrm, ˈkäl-ə- How to pronounce coliform (audio) \

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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