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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.
Origin of -phage
noun use of Greek -phagos -phagous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -phage


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

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

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-phage in Medicine

-phage suff.
One that eats: macrophage.

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