bacteriophage

[ bak-teer-ee-uh-feyj ]
/ bækˈtɪər i əˌfeɪdʒ /

noun

any of a group of viruses that infect specific bacteria, usually causing their disintegration or dissolution.

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Also called phage.

Origin of bacteriophage

First recorded in 1920–25; from French bactériophage; see origin at bacterio-, -phage

OTHER WORDS FROM bacteriophage

bac·te·ri·o·phag·ic [bak-teer-ee-uh-faj-ik, -fey-jik], /bækˌtɪər i əˈfædʒ ɪk, -ˈfeɪ dʒɪk/, bac·te·ri·oph·a·gous [bak-teer-ee-of-uh-guhs], /bækˌtɪər iˈɒf ə gəs/, adjectivebac·te·ri·oph·a·gy [bak-teer-ee-of-uh-jee], /bækˌtɪər iˈɒf ə dʒi/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bacteriophage

bacteriophage
/ (bækˈtɪərɪəˌfeɪdʒ) /

noun

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

Derived forms of bacteriophage

bacteriophagic (bækˌtɪərɪəˈfædʒɪk), adjectivebacteriophagous (bækˌtɪərɪˈɒfəɡəs), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for bacteriophage

bacteriophage
[ băk-tîrē-ə-fāj′ ]

n.

A virus capable of infecting and lysing bacterial cells.phage
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Scientific definitions for bacteriophage

bacteriophage
[ băk-tîrē-ə-fāj′ ]

A virus that infects and destroys bacterial cells.
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