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enteropathogenic Escherichia coli
medical dictionary

Enteropathogenic strain of Escherichia coli; organisms adhere to small bowel mucosa and produce characteristic changes in the microvilli. This strain produces symptomatic, sometimes serious, gastrointestinal illnesses, especially severe in neonates and young children; typically it produces toxins, one of which is heat-labile, resembling that produced by Vibrio cholerae, the other heat-stable.

Acronym: EPEC

(05 Mar 2000)

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