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A virus that infects and lyses certain bacteria.
bac·te′ri·o·phag′ic (-făj′ĭk) adj.
bac·te′ri·oph′a·gy (-ŏf′ə-jē) n.
(Microbiology) 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
bac•te•ri•o•phage(bækˈtɪər i əˌfeɪdʒ)
any of a group of viruses that infect specific bacteria, usu. causing their disintegration. Also called phage.
[1920–25; < French]
bac•te`ri•o•phag′ic (-ˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk) bac•te`ri•oph′a•gous (-ˈɒf ə gəs) adj.
bac•te`ri•oph′a•gy (-dʒi) n.
A virus that infects and destroys the cells of bacteria. Also called phage.
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|Noun||1.||bacteriophage - a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria; "phage uses the bacterium's machinery and energy to produce more phage until the bacterium is destroyed and phage is released to invade surrounding bacteria"|
virus - (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
coliphage - a bacteriophage that infects the bacterium Escherichia coli
typhoid bacteriophage - a bacteriophage specific for the bacterium Salmonella typhi