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Name: Arty
Status: Student
Age: 20s
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Date: September 2004

Dear Consultant: Are the terms enterobacteriaceae and enterobacteria synonymous?

I believe they are. Enterobacteriaceae is the Latin name for the genus and enterobacteria is the "English" shortened name for this group of bacteria.

Ron Baker, Ph.D.

Enterobacteriaceae is the name of the taxonomic Family containing the enterobacteria. The term, enterobacteria, is essentially a common name for the members of this family, so you could say that they are synonymous under most circumstances.

Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
CHOC Research Institute
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