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E. coli

[ ee-koh-lahy ]
/ ˈi ˈkoʊ laɪ /
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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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Origin of E. coli

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British Dictionary definitions for E. coli

E. coli
/ (ˌiːˈkəʊlaɪ) /

noun
short for Escherichia coli; see Escherichia
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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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