Definition of E. coli in English:

E. coli

Syllabification: E. co·li
Pronunciation: /ē ˈkōlī


  • A bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children.
    • Escherichia coli; a motile Gram-negative bacillus
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    • It's almost impossible to protect dairy cows from E. coli and other coliform bacteria.
    • They spliced a piece of frog DNA into the DNA of a common bacterium known as E. coli.
    • The bacterium E. coli is a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and livestock.

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