Origin of phage
by shortening, or independent use of -phage
a combining form meaning “a thing that devours,” used in the formation of compound words, especially the names of phagocytes: macrophage.
Origin of -phage
noun use of Greek -phagos -phagous
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n combining form
indicating something that eats or consumes something specifiedbacteriophage
Word Origin for -phage
from Greek -phagos; see phago-
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virus that destroys bacteria, 1917, an abbreviated form of bacteriophage.
word-forming element meaning "eater," from stem of Greek phagein "to eat" (see -phagous).
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One that eats:macrophage.
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