coliform bacilli


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bacillus

 [bah-sil´us] (pl. bacil´li) (L.)
1. an organism of the genus Bacillus.
2. any rod-shaped bacterium.
anthrax bacillus Bacillus anthracis.
Calmette-Guérin bacillus bacille Calmette-Guērin.
coliform bacilli gram-negative bacilli found in the intestinal tract that resemble Escherichia coli, particularly in the fermentation of lactose with gas.
colon bacillus Escherichia coli.
glanders bacillus Pseudomonas mallei.
Hansen's bacillus Mycobacterium leprae.
legionnaire's bacillus Legionella pneumophila.
tubercle bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
typhoid bacillus Salmonella typhi.
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col·i·form ba·cil·li

(kō'li-fōrm, kol'i-fōrm),
common name for Escherichia coli that is used as an indicator of fecal contamination of water, measured in terms of coliform count; occasionally used to refer to all lactose-fermenting enteric bacteria.
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col·i·form ba·cil·li

(kō'li-fōrm bă-sil'ī)
Common name for Escherichia coli that is used as an indicator of fecal contamination of water, measured in terms of coliform count. Occasionally used to refer to all lactose-fermenting enteric bacteria.
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