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E. coli

Syllabification: E. co·li
Pronunciation: /ē ˈkōlī
 
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Definition of E. coli in English:

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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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