by shortening, or independent use of -phage Unabridged


a combining form meaning “a thing that devours,” used in the formation of compound words, especially the names of phagocytes: macrophage.
Also, -phag.
Compare phago-, -phagous, -phagy.

noun use of Greek -phagos -phagous Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
phage (feɪdʒ)
short for bacteriophage

n combining form
indicating something that eats or consumes something specified: bacteriophage
[from Greek -phagos; see phago-]
adj combining form

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Medical Dictionary

phage (fāj)
See bacteriophage.

-phage suff.
One that eats: macrophage.

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Computing Dictionary

phage definition

A program that modifies other programs or databases in unauthorised ways; especially one that propagates a virus or Trojan horse. See also worm, mockingbird. The analogy, of course, is with phage viruses in biology.
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Example sentences
Perhaps they could also use this to find a target unique to all strains of staph and then engineer a phage to exploit it.
To identify a specific tag for nerves, her team used a technique called phage display.
If the phage can grow, then those million bacteria will die.
Often it acquires a resistance gene, say from a handy plasmid absorbed during conjugation, or from a traveling phage.
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