Enterobacteriaceae En`ter*o*bac`te*ri*a"ce*ae ([e^]n`t[~e]r*[-o]*b[a^]k`t[=e]r*[=e]*[=a]"s[=e]*[=e]), prop. n. (Microbiol.) a natural family of rod-shaped gram-negative bacteria, most of which occur normally or pathogenically in intestines of humans and other animals, and some of which grow in plants. The type genus is {Escherichia}. They are aerobic and facultatively anaerobic, and may be motile or non-motile. Most are easily cultured on artificial growth media. Both pathogenic and non-pathogenic strains exist. [PJC]

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