Definition of coliform in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlɪfɔːm/


Belonging to a group of rod-shaped bacteria typified by E. coli.
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.


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

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