coliform bacteria

coliform bacillus

noun Bacteriology.
any of several bacilli, especially Escherichia coli and members of the genus Aerobacter, found as commensals in the large intestine of humans and certain other animals, the presence of which in water indicates fecal pollution.
Also called coliform bacterium, colon bacillus.
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coliform bacteria (ˈkɒlɪfɔːm)
 
pl n
a large group of bacteria inhabiting the intestinal tract of humans and animals that may cause disease and whose presence in water is an indicator of faecal pollution

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