coliform

adjective

co·​li·​form ˈkō-lə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce coliform (audio)
ˈkä-
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coliform was in 1906

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“Coliform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coliform. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

coliform

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

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