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. 2001.

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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 — /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 — 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

  • 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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