Definition of E. coli in US English:

E. coli


  • A bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans and other animals, where it usually causes no harm. Some strains can cause severe food poisoning, especially in old people and children.

    Escherichia coli; a motile Gram-negative bacillus

    • ‘We expect all of the genes in this category to be native to E. coli since its divergence from Salmonella.’
    • ‘Now when we talk about germs, we're talking about everything from the common cold to E. coli.’
    • ‘These are more common in children and can be caused by bacteria such as E. coli.’
    • ‘It can detect seven types of contaminants, from chlorine to traces of bacteria like E. coli.’
    • ‘They spliced a piece of frog DNA into the DNA of a common bacterium known as E. coli.’
    • ‘Food contaminated with the E. coli bacteria will not look or smell spoiled.’
    • ‘The large intestine of healthy individuals provides the primary niche for E. coli in humans.’
    • ‘The culprit that causes most bladder infections is E. coli, a bacteria normally found in the bowel.’
    • ‘Compensation in E. coli and other bacteria has been demonstrated several times.’
    • ‘But tests for the bacteria E. coli may take five days to confirm a positive reading.’
    • ‘Each batch of milk is tested for bad guys like salmonella and E. coli, and not once have they been found.’
    • ‘If you have a private well, have it tested once a year for germs including E. coli.’
    • ‘The order of the genes in the four strains of E. coli was identical, leading to distances equal to zero.’
    • ‘It's almost impossible to protect dairy cows from E. coli and other coliform bacteria.’
    • ‘The bacteria E. coli is being genetically engineered by the CIA to create killer germs.’
    • ‘The bacterium E. coli is a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and livestock.’
    • ‘If the meat is harboring E. coli or Salmonella, it will trigger a visual alarm.’
    • ‘The first peroxiredoxins were cloned from bacteria such as Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli.’
    • ‘The muck is believed to contain E. coli, certain viruses and a cholera-like bacteria.’
    • ‘These genes were identified by comparing the human sequences to those from yeast and E. coli.’


E. coli

/ˌē ˈkōlī//ˌi ˈkoʊlaɪ/