coliforms

coliform

[kol-uh-fawrm, koh-luh-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a coliform bacillus.

Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-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

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coliform
1850s, "resembling a sieve," from L. colum "strainer;" meaning "resembling a bacillus of the coli group" is from 1906, from coli + form.
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coliform co·li·form (kō'lə-fôrm', kŏl'ə-)
adj.
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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