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


E. coli

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