Definition of E. coli noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

E. coli

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌiː ˈkəʊlaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌiː ˈkoʊlaɪ//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a type of bacteria that lives inside humans and some animals, some forms of which can cause food poisoning Word Origin late 20th cent.: abbreviation of the Latin binomial.
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