[ kol-uh-fawrm, koh-luh- ]
/ ˈkɒl əˌfɔrm, ˈkoʊ lə- /
of, relating to, or resembling a coliform bacillus.
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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
Medicine definitions for coliform
[ kō′lə-fôrm′, kŏl′ə- ]
Of or relating to the bacilli that commonly inhabit the intestines of humans and other vertebrates, especially the colon bacillus.
Related formsco′li•form′ n.
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