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Date: 1900-2000
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Escherichia name of a type of bacteria (from T. Escher (1857-1911), German doctor) coli 'of the colon'

E. coli

noun
     
E. co‧li [uncountable]
a type of bacteria that can make you very ill if it is in any food that you eat

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