Definition of Coliform

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the bacteria that inhabit the intestines (especially the colon) of mammals ¹



2. Noun. Such a bacterium ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Coliform

1. a bacillus of the colon [n -S]

Medical Definition of Coliform

1. Gram-negative, nonsporing, facultative rod-shaped bacteria that ferment lactose with gas formation within 48 hours at 35 degrees C. They are generally small, gram-negative, bacilliform (shaped like rods), facultative anaerobes and they include strains such as Escherichia, Kelbsiella, Enterobacter, and Citrobacter. They are useful for measuring the amount of water pollution by faeces. Examples of coliform bacteria are members in the genera Escherichia (E. Coli), Klebsiella (K. Pneumoniae), Enterobacter (E. Cloacai), and Citrobacter (C. Freundii). (13 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Coliform

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coliform (current term)
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Literary usage of Coliform

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1. 50 Ways Farmers Can Protect Their Groundwater by Michael C. Hirschi, F. William Simmons, Doug Peterson, Ed Giles (1998)
"Test your water for coliform bacteria and nitrate A tale of two contaminants The two most common water contaminants are coliform bacteria and nitrate. ..."

2. Handbook on Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention and Control Planning (1993)
"Fecal coliform densities at Station A. 500 300 600 Figure 5-3. Fecal coliform densities at Station E. as input to urban runoff and receiving water models ..."

3. Potential Groundwater Contamination from Intentional and Nonintentional by Robert Pitt, Shirley Clark, Keith Parmer (1994)
"Fecal coliform bacteria observations have long been used as an indicator of sanitary ... The fecal coliform test is not specific for any one coliform type, ..."

4. Drinking Water: Consumers Often Not Well-Informed of Potentially Serious (1993)
"Two such strains are E. Coli and fecal coliform. These strains are not, generally, ... Human consumption of these strains of coliform bacteria therefore can ..."

5. Control of Biofilm Growth in Drinking Water Distribution Systems by DIANE Publishing Company (1994)
"High densities of coliform bacteria are routinely detected in distribution system ... coliform bacteria persist in distribution system samples despite the ..."

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