Meaning of Escherichia coli*

Esch•e•rich•i•a co•li

Pronunciation: (esh"u-rik'ē-u kō'lī), [key]
— n. Bacteriol.
  1. a species of rod-shaped, facultatively anaerobic bacteria in the large intestine of humans and other animals, sometimes pathogenic.
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