coliform bacteria
a group of Gram-negative rodlike bacteria that are normally found in the gastrointestinal tract and have the ability to ferment the sugar lactose. The group includes the genera Enterobacter, Escherichia, and Klebsiella.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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