coliform
Gram negative rod-shaped bacillus. (1) May be used loosely of any rod-shaped bacterium.
(2) Any Gram negative enteric bacillus.
(3) More specifically, bacteria of the genera Klebsiella or Escherichia.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • coliform — [kō′lə fôrm΄, käl′əfôrm΄] adj. [ COL(ON) + I + FORM] designating, of, or like the aerobic bacillus normally found in the colon: a coliform count is often used as an indicator of fecal contamination of water supplies …   English World dictionary

  • coliform — 1850s, resembling a sieve, from L. colum strainer; meaning resembling a bacillus of the coli group is from 1906, from coli + form …   Etymology dictionary

  • coliform — adjective Date: 1906 of, relating to, or being gram negative rod shaped bacteria (as E. coli) normally present in the intestine < monitored coliform levels in drinking water > • coliform noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coliform — /kol euh fawrm , koh leuh /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a coliform bacillus. n. 2. See coliform bacillus. [1850 55; < NL coli, gen. of L colum, colon COLON2 (the specific epithet of various species of bacteria inhabiting the colon,… …   Universalium

  • coliform — co·li·form kō lə .fȯrm, käl ə adj of, relating to, or being gram negative rod shaped bacteria (as E. coli) normally present in the intestine <monitored coliform levels in drinking water> coliform n * * * col·i·form (koґlĭ form) [L.… …   Medical dictionary

  • coliform — adj. pertaining to or resembling a coliform bacillus (type of intestinal bacteria) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • coliform — I. ˈkälə̇ˌfȯrm, ˈkōl adjective Etymology: col (II) + form : relating to, resembling, or being the colon bacillus II. noun ( s) Etymology: by shortening …   Useful english dictionary

  • coliform — (ko lī form) A gram negative, nonsporing, facultative rod that ferments lactose with gas formation within 48 hours at 35°C …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • coliform — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to the bacteria that inhabit the intestines (especially the colon) of mammals 2. noun Such a bacterium …   Wiktionary

  • coliform — resembling or shaped like a sieve Shapes and Resemblance …   Phrontistery dictionary

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