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phage

[ feyj ]
/ feɪdʒ /
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noun

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Origin of phage

By shortening, or independent use of -phage

Definition for phage (2 of 2)

-phage

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

Origin of -phage

Noun use of Greek -phagos-phagous
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British Dictionary definitions for phage (1 of 2)

phage
/ (feɪdʒ) /

noun

short for bacteriophage

British Dictionary definitions for phage (2 of 2)

-phage

n combining form

indicating something that eats or consumes something specifiedbacteriophage
-phagous, adj combining form
from Greek -phagos; see phago-
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Medical definitions for phage (1 of 2)

phage
[ fāj ]

n.

bacteriophage

Medical definitions for phage (2 of 2)

-phage

suff.

One that eats:macrophage.
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