- any of a group of viruses that infect specific bacteria, usually causing their disintegration or dissolution.
Origin of bacteriophage
Also called phage.
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- a virus that is parasitic in a bacterium and multiplies within its host, which is destroyed when the new viruses are releasedOften shortened to: phage
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Word Origin and History for bacteriophage
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- A virus capable of infecting and lysing bacterial cells.phage
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- A virus that infects and destroys bacterial cells.
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