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-phage

  1. a combining form meaning “a thing that devours,” used in the formation of compound words, especially the names of phagocytes: macrophage.
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Also -phag.

Origin of -phage

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

-phage

n combining form
  1. indicating something that eats or consumes something specifiedbacteriophage
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Derived Forms-phagous, adj combining form

Word Origin for -phage

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.
  1. One that eats:macrophage.
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