bac·​te·​ri·​o·​phage | \ bak-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌfāj How to pronounce bacteriophage (audio) also -ˌfäzh How to pronounce bacteriophage (audio) \

Definition of bacteriophage

: a virus that infects bacteria

Other Words from bacteriophage

bacteriophagy \ (ˌ)bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈä-​fə-​jē How to pronounce bacteriophage (audio) \ noun

Examples of bacteriophage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Available on YouTube, the over two-minute video shows the bacteriophage at the 0:27 time mark infecting an unidentified bacterium. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 While performing basic research at Brookhaven, Dr. Studier developed a way to harness the molecular machinery of E.coli, through the T7 bacteriophage, highlighted in a recent article by the Brookhaven National Lab. Michael Helmstetter, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The models were based on the spread of bacteriophage aerosols used as a surrogate to estimate the airborne spread of the coronavirus. Angela Dewan, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 As part of the test, scientists filled a chamber with the MS2 bacteriophage virus, and ran the Knorr Brake Company technology, evaluating its efficacy by taking samples at various time intervals. Christine Condon,, 4 Sep. 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, 27 Aug. 2020 Each bacteriophage displayed a specific fragment on its surface like a billboard. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2019 Necessary Scientists often turn to bacteria and the bacteriophage viruses that prey on them to learn about coevolution. Quanta Magazine, 6 Jan. 2020 An autopsy later showed that the phage therapy had been working: the bacteriophages had reached their targets and were doing what they were supposed to do. Diane Shader Smith, STAT, 13 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bacteriophage

1917, in the meaning defined above

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bac·​te·​ri·​o·​phage | \ bak-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌfāj How to pronounce bacteriophage (audio) , -ˌfäzh How to pronounce bacteriophage (audio) \

Medical Definition of bacteriophage

: a virus that infects bacteria

called also phage

Other Words from bacteriophage

bacteriophagy \ (ˌ)bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈäf-​ə-​jē How to pronounce bacteriophage (audio) \ noun, plural bacteriophagies

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