phage

noun
\ ˈfāj How to pronounce phage (audio) also ˈfäzh How to pronounce phage (audio) \

Definition of phage

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Definition of -phage (Entry 2 of 2)

: virus or cell that destroys cells bacteriophage microphage

Examples of phage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Schooley’s major challenge has been securing a phage supply. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "When a Virus Is the Cure," 14 Dec. 2020 This month, Bunevacz should finally be able to start his phage therapy. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "When a Virus Is the Cure," 14 Dec. 2020 One phage getting a lot of attention is crAssphage, discovered in 2014 by Bas Dutilh of the Radboud Institute in the Netherlands. David Pride, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Help Us as Well as Harm Us," 7 Dec. 2020 The team decided to test its hunch that the cluster of sequences represented a new phage defense. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Microbes’ mystery DNA helps defeat viruses—and has genome-editing potential," 11 Nov. 2020 The team discovered the retron normally keeps the toxin under wraps, but activates it in the presence of phage proteins. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Microbes’ mystery DNA helps defeat viruses—and has genome-editing potential," 11 Nov. 2020 Dysphagia is the inability (dys) to swallow (phage). Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Surprise! There's a Secret Organ in Your Head," 20 Oct. 2020 Scientists stumbled upon them more than a half-century ago while hunting for another type of murderous microbe called a bacteriophage, or phage, a virus that can infect and kill bacteria. Star Tribune, "How bacteria-eating bacteria could help win the war against germs," 27 Aug. 2020 Laura Marinelli, PhD, is a phage scientist with expertise in microbiology and the skin microbiome, as well as the scientific advisor for Ellis Day Skin Science. Olivia Muenter, Allure, "Long-Term Effects of Microblading to Consider Before You Commit," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of phage

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phage

Noun

by shortening

Noun combining form

Greek -phagos one that eats, from -phagos -phagous

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“Phage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phage. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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phage

noun
\ ˈfāj also ˈfäzh \

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