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colon bacillus

[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/
noun, Bacteriology.
Origin of colon bacillus
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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colon-bacillus in Medicine

colon bacillus n.
A rod-shaped bacterium, especially Escherichia coli, a generally nonpathogenic commensal found in all vertebrate intestinal tracts, but which can be virulent, causing diarrhea and other dysenteric symptoms. Its presence in water is an indicator of fecal contamination.

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