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E. coli

noun [U] uk   /ˌiːˈkəʊ.laɪ/ us    /ˌiːˈkoʊ.laɪ/
abbreviation for Escherichia coli: a bacterium (= small organism) that can exist in food that has not been cooked enough and can cause serious illness or death
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