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[kol-uh-fawrm, koh-luh-] /ˈkɒl əˌfɔrm, ˈkoʊ lə-/
of, relating to, or resembling a coliform bacillus.
Origin of coliform
1850-55; < New Latin coli, genitive of Latin colum, colon colon2 (the specific epithet of various species of bacteria inhabiting the colon, as Escherichia coli; construed as col- + -i-) + -form Unabridged
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Examples from the web for coliform
  • Prompt resolution of coliform bacterial contamination incidents is strongly advised.
  • Streptomycin resistance of coliform bacteria from turkeys fed streptomycin.
  • The coliform bacteria are found naturally in the intestinal tract of humans and animals.
Word Origin and History for coliform

1850s, "resembling a sieve," from Latin colum "strainer;" meaning "resembling a bacillus of the coli group" is from 1906, from coli + form.

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coliform in Medicine

coliform co·li·form (kō'lə-fôrm', kŏl'ə-)
Of or relating to the bacilli that commonly inhabit the intestines of humans and other vertebrates, especially the colon bacillus.

co'li·form' n.
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