Bacteriophage definition

băk-tîrē-ə-fāj
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A virus that infects and lyses certain bacteria.
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Any virus that infects bacteria.
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A virus that infects and lyses certain bacteria.
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A virus that infects and destroys bacterial cells.
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(microbiology, virology) A virus that specifically infects bacteria.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bacteriophage
Plural:
bacteriophages

Origin of bacteriophage

  • Borrowing from French bactériophage, coined by microbiologist Félix d'Hérelle, from bacterio- (“bacteria”) +‎ -phage (“eater”).

    From Wiktionary