- of, relating to, or resembling a coliform bacillus.
Origin of coliform
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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
- Of or relating to the bacilli that commonly inhabit the intestines of humans and other vertebrates, especially the colon bacillus.
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