Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

enterobacteria

[en-tuh-roh-bak-teer-ee-uh]
plural noun, singular en·ter·o·bac·te·ri·um [en-tuh-roh-bak-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌɛn tə roʊ bækˈtɪər i əm/.
  1. 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.
Show More

Origin of enterobacteria

First recorded in 1950–55; entero- + bacteria
Also called enterics.
Related formsen·ter·o·bac·te·ri·al, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018