Entry from US English dictionary
- The coliform bacterium Escherichia coli detects attractants and repellents in its environment by means of four homologous, dimeric receptors, Tar, Tsr, Trg, and Tap.
- E.coli is a coliform bacterium that has many subspecies; the majority are hosts of normal intestinal flora.
- A positive sample means that at least one coliform bacterium is present, and requires the collection of a set of three additional samples at or near the same location in the distribution system.
Early 20th century: from modern Latin coli, specific epithet in the sense 'of the colon' + -iform + bacterium.
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Syllabification: col·i·form bac·te·ri·um
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