E. coliE. co·li
A dish containing the E. coli bacteria.
E. coli is defined as a bacteria inside the human intestines.
An example of E. coli is what can cause diarrhea when not washed off hands after someone uses the bathroom.
a species of Gram-negative bacteria normally present in the intestines of all vertebrates and widely used in biological research: its presence in water in certain quantities indicates fecal pollution that can cause diarrhea
Origin of E. coliModern Latin E(scherichia) coli after T. Escherich (1857-1911), German physician + Classical Latin coli, of the colon
A bacterium (Escherichia coli) normally found in the human gastrointestinal tract and existing as numerous strains, some of which are responsible for diarrheal diseases. Some strains have been used experimentally as model organisms for the study of biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics.
Origin of E. coliNew Latin E(scherichia) colī species name after Theodor Escherich (1857-1911), German physician Latin colī genitive of colon colon ; see colon 2.
Escherichia coli in a human intestine