any bacteriophage that specifically infects the Escherichia coli bacterium.

Nearby words

  1. coligny,
  2. colima,
  3. colin,
  4. colinear,
  5. colipase,
  6. coliseum,
  7. colistin,
  8. colitic,
  9. colitis,
  10. colitoxemia

Origin of coliphage

1940–45; < New Latin coli- (see coliform) + -phage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for coliphage




A bacteriophage with an affinity for a strain of Escherichia coli.

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