[kol-uh-fawrm, koh-luh-]


of, relating to, or resembling a coliform bacillus.


Origin of coliform

1850–55; < New Latin coli, genitive of Latin colum, colon colon2 (the specific epithet of various species of bacteria inhabiting the colon, as Escherichia coli; construed as col- + -i-) + -form Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for coliform

1850s, "resembling a sieve," from Latin colum "strainer;" meaning "resembling a bacillus of the coli group" is from 1906, from coli + form.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

coliform in Medicine


[kōlə-fôrm′, kŏlə-]


Of or relating to the bacilli that commonly inhabit the intestines of humans and other vertebrates, especially the colon bacillus.
Related formscoli•form′ n.
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