bacteriophage


bacteriophage

noun

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

noun

  1. 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
n.

1921, from French bactériophage (1917), from bacterio-, comb. form of bacteria, + -phage.

n.

  1. A virus capable of infecting and lysing bacterial cells.phage

  1. A virus that infects and destroys bacterial cells.

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