from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the bacilli that commonly inhabit the intestines of humans and other vertebrates, especially the colon bacillus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the bacteria that inhabit the intestines (especially the colon) of mammals
- n. Such a bacterium
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a sieve; cribriform; ethmoid.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
You’d also love how much fecal coliform is in every ice cube you’ve ever swallowed, lol.
The government also accepts beef with more than double the limit set by many fast-food chains for total coliform, which is used to assess whether a beef producer is minimizing fecal contamination in its meat.
A variety of bacteria -- including coliform, which is found in human waste -- can end up on your toothbrush if you keep it uncovered in your bathroom, says Eugene Antenucci, a dentist in Huntington, N.Y., and spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry.
The coliform is a health hazard because it is a breeding ground for many diseases that cause severe diarrhea and could lead to Hepatitis A or cholera infections, O'Gorman said.
Their rooting will also create erosion problems, their wallowing will also muddy streams and increase fecal coliform levels in the streams.
Add to this the indigenous human population of pre-Columbian times that made their homes on the stream banks and I could imagine streams rife with coliform bacteria.
In my area alone three historical species woodland bison, Eastern Elk and passenger pigeon would have added greatly to stream born coliform levels.
That standard is for coliform bacteria levels in streams.
While fecal coliform bacteria has the potential to carry human disease, the civil complaint filed by the Justice Department makes no mention of whether the alleged violations constituted a specific risk to human health.
Fecal coliform is considered a marker for fecal contamination.