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bacteriophage

[bak-teer-ee-uh-feyj] /bækˈtɪər i əˌfeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
any of a group of viruses that infect specific bacteria, usually causing their disintegration or dissolution.
Also called phage.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French bactériophage. See bacterio-, -phage
Related forms
bacteriophagic
[bak-teer-ee-uh-faj-ik, -fey-jik] /bækˌtɪər i əˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/ (Show IPA),
bacteriophagous
[bak-teer-ee-of-uh-guh s] /bækˌtɪər iˈɒf ə gəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
bacteriophagy
[bak-teer-ee-of-uh-jee] /bækˌtɪər iˈɒf ə dʒi/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for bacteriophage
  • The trick begins with a type of virus called a bacteriophage.
  • After some incubation, different organs were taken, and bacteriophage were recovered from them.
  • Scientists genetically engineered a bacteriophage-a virus that infects bacteria but is harmless to humans.
British Dictionary definitions for bacteriophage

bacteriophage

/bækˈtɪərɪəˌfeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a virus that is parasitic in a bacterium and multiplies within its host, which is destroyed when the new viruses are released Often shortened to phage
Derived Forms
bacteriophagic (bækˌtɪərɪəˈfædʒɪk) adjective
bacteriophagous (bækˌtɪərɪˈɒfəɡəs) adjective
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Word Origin and History for bacteriophage
n.

1921, from French bactériophage (1917), from bacterio-, comb. form of bacteria, + -phage.

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bacteriophage in Medicine

bacteriophage bac·te·ri·o·phage (bāk-tēr'ē-ə-fāj')
n.
A virus capbale of infecting and lysing bacterial cells. Also called phage.

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bacteriophage in Science
bacteriophage
  (bāk-tîr'ē-ə-fāj')   
A virus that infects and destroys bacterial cells.
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