colon bacillus

[ koh-luh n ]
/ ˈkoʊ lən /

noun Bacteriology.

Origin of colon bacillus

First recorded in 1905–10
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Medicine definitions for colon bacillus

colon bacillus


n.

A rod-shaped bacterium, especially Escherichia coli, a generally nonpathogenic commensal found in all vertebrate intestinal tracts, but which can be virulent, causing diarrhea and other dysenteric symptoms. Its presence in water is an indicator of fecal contamination.
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