[ ee -koh-lahy ]
/ ˈi ˈkoʊ laɪ /
Escherichia coli: a species of rod-shaped, facultatively anaerobic bacteria in the large intestine of humans and other animals, sometimes pathogenic.
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Origin of E. coli
See Escherichia coli
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British Dictionary definitions for E. coli
/ (ˌiːˈkəʊlaɪ) /
short for Escherichia coli; see Escherichia
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Medical definitions for E. coli
[ ē kō′lī ]
A bacillus Escherichia coli; a bacillus normally found in the human gastrointestinal tract and existing as numerous strains, some of which are responsible for diarrheal diseases. Other strains have been used experimentally in molecular biology.
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Scientific definitions for E. coli
[ ē kō′lī ]
A bacillus (Escherichia coli) normally found in the human gastrointestinal tract and occurring in numerous strains, some of which are responsible for diarrheal diseases. Other strains have important experimental uses in molecular biology.
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