bacteriophage

noun
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

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Other Words from bacteriophage

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Spurred by coronavirus pandemic, Westminster-based Knorr Brake Company devises air filtration system for train cars," 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, "How bacteria-eating bacteria could help win the war against germs," 27 Aug. 2020 Each bacteriophage displayed a specific fragment on its surface like a billboard. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "What Causes a Mysterious Paralysis in Children? Researchers Find Viral Clues," 21 Oct. 2019 Necessary Scientists often turn to bacteria and the bacteriophage viruses that prey on them to learn about coevolution. Quanta Magazine, "Biodiversity Alters Strategies of Bacterial Evolution," 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, "My daughter is gone but her legacy lives on through her writing and phage therapy," 13 Nov. 2019 Using a technique called phage display, each fragment was inserted into a bacteriophage, a type of virus that sticks to bacteria. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "What Causes a Mysterious Paralysis in Children? Researchers Find Viral Clues," 21 Oct. 2019 When that bacteriophage infects another host, the bit of bacterial DNA gets incorporated into the new host’s genome in a process called specialized transduction. Quanta Magazine, "‘Broadband’ Networks of Viruses May Help Bacteria Evolve Faster," 16 Oct. 2018 Traditional antibiotics kill broadly, so the group enlisted UCSD colleagues who study therapeutic uses of bacteriophages, or phages. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Toxic gut bacteria make alcohol-triggered liver disease more deadly," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bacteriophage

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Bacteriophage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacteriophage. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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bacteriophage

noun
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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