one that eats or destroys (something specified): bacteriophage
Origin of -phagefrom Classical Greek phagein: see -phagous
One that eats or ingests: macrophage.
Origin of -phageFrom Greek -phagos eating from phagein to eat ; see bhag- in Indo-European roots.
Ancient Greek Ï†Î±Î³Î·Ï„ÏŒÎ½ (phageton, “food, consumption"), from Ï†Î±Î³Îµá¿–Î½ (phagein) aorist of á¼ÏƒÎ¸Î¯Ï‰ (esthiÅ), á¼”Î´Ï‰ (edÅ, “to eat, to consume").