Definition of coliform in English:

coliform

Line breaks: coli|form
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlɪfɔːm
 
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adjective

Biology
  • Belonging to a group of rod-shaped bacteria typified by E. coli.
    More example sentences
    • One specific subgroup of coliform are fecal coliform bacteria, the most common of which is Escherichia coli, known widely as E. coli.
    • Even on a good day the river Ganges picks up levels of fecal coliform bacteria as it flows past Varanasi that are 10,000 times the World Health Organisation's standards for drinking water.
    • The model also allowed USGS researchers to measure water-quality effects in terms of loads, the total amount of a contaminant, such as fecal coliform bacteria, that is transported past a monitoring station over a given period of time.

Origin

early 20th century: from modern Latin coli 'of the colon' + -iform.

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