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(Microbiology) short for bacteriophage
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a combining form meaning “a thing that devours,” used esp. in the names of viruses and phagocytes: bacteriophage; macrophage.
[n. use of Greek -phagos -phagous]
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|Noun||1.||phage - 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
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phage[ˈfeɪdʒ] n (=bacteriophage) → phage m
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