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En·​tero·​bac·​te·​ri·​a·​ce·​ae ˌent-ə-rō-ˌbak-ˌtir-ē-ˈā-sē-ˌē How to pronounce Enterobacteriaceae (audio)
: a large family of gram-negative straight bacterial rods (order Enterobacteriales) that ferment glucose with the production of acid or acid and gas and that include the common coliform organisms and a number of serious pathogens of humans, lower animals, and plants see eberthella, enterobacter, klebsiella, proteus, salmonella, serratia

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“Enterobacteriaceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Enterobacteriaceae. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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