A group of bacteria which live within the bowels of larger organisms and ferment a sugar called lactose, producing gas within 48 hours of growth. They are generally small, gram-negative, bacilliform (shaped like rods), facultative anaerobes and they include strains such as Escherichia, Kelbsiella, Enterobacter, and Citrobacter. They are useful for measuring the amount of water pollution by feces.
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