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bacteriophage

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noun bac·te·ri·o·phage \bak-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌfāj also -ˌfäzh\

Definition of bacteriophage

  1. :  a virus that infects bacteria

bacteriophagy

play \(ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈä-fə-jē\ noun


Origin and Etymology of bacteriophage

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1920


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bacteriophage

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noun bac·te·ri·o·phage \bak-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌfāj, -ˌfäzh\

Medical Definition of bacteriophage

  1. :  a virus that infects bacteria—called also phage

bacteriophagy

\(ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈäf-ə-jē\play noun plural

bacteriophagies



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