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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.
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Origin of enterobacteria

First recorded in 1950–55; entero- + bacteria
Also called enterics.
Related formsen·ter·o·bac·te·ri·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for enterobacterium


noun plural -ria (-rɪə)
  1. any of a class of Gram-negative rodlike bacteria that occur in the gastrointestinal tract
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enterobacterium in Medicine


n. pl. en•ter•o•bac•ter•i•a (-ē-ə)
  1. Any of various gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that includes some pathogens of animals, such as the colon bacillus and salmonella.
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