E. coli

[ ee -koh-lahy ]
/ ˈi ˈkoʊ laɪ /

noun Bacteriology.

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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British Dictionary definitions for E. coli

E. coli
/ (ˌiːˈkəʊlaɪ) /

noun

short for Escherichia coli; see Escherichia
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Medical definitions for E. coli

E. coli
[ ē kōlī ]

n.

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

E. coli
[ ē kōlī ]

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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