Escherichia definition

A taxonomic genus within the family Enterobacteriaceae — certain gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacteria that inhabit of the gastrointestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals and provide vitamin K for their host.
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Origin of escherichia

  • From German Escherich (“a surname”) +‎ -ia, after German pediatrician and bacteriologist Theodor Escherich, who discovered E. coli.

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