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[feyj] /feɪdʒ/
Origin of phage
by shortening, or independent use of -phage


a combining form meaning “a thing that devours,” used in the formation of compound words, especially the names of phagocytes:
Also, -phag.
Compare phago-, -phagous, -phagy.
noun use of Greek -phagos -phagous Unabridged
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Examples from the web for phage
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for phage


short for bacteriophage


combining form
indicating something that eats or consumes something specified: bacteriophage
Derived Forms
-phagous, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek -phagos; see phago-
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Word Origin and History for phage

virus that destroys bacteria, 1917, an abbreviated form of bacteriophage.


word-forming element meaning "eater," from stem of Greek phagein "to eat" (see -phagous).

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phage in Medicine

phage (fāj)
See bacteriophage.

-phage suff.
One that eats: macrophage.

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phage in Technology

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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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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