enterobacteria

[ en-tuh-roh-bak-teer-ee-uh ]
/ ˌɛn tə roʊ bækˈtɪər i ə /

plural noun, singular en·ter·o·bac·te·ri·um [en-tuh-roh-bak-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌɛn tə roʊ bækˈtɪər i əm/.

rod-shaped Gram-negative bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae, as those of the genera Escherichia, Salmonella, and Shigella, occurring normally or pathogenically in the intestines of humans and other animals, and the genus Erwinia, occurring in plants.

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Also called enterics.

Origin of enterobacteria

First recorded in 1950–55; entero- + bacteria

OTHER WORDS FROM enterobacteria

en·ter·o·bac·te·ri·al, adjective
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