bacteriophage

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

Definition of bacteriophage 

: a virus that infects bacteria

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Other Words from bacteriophage

bacteriophagy \(ˌ)bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈä-​fə-​jē \ noun

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Smith was working on what some call the deadliest beings on Earth, bacteriophages. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 Meet the phages Viruses that specialize in infecting bacteria are often called bacteriophages, or simply phages. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Using a virus to kill what antibiotics can’t," 18 July 2018 After word got out that Strathdee and her husband’s doctors had managed to save his life with a bacteriophage — literally, a bacteria-eater — her inbox filled with pleas for a repeat performance. Eric Boodman, STAT, "First phage therapy center in the U.S. signals growing acceptance," 21 June 2018 More importantly, the bacteriophages didn’t cause any of the common side-effects that antibiotics cause, like a weakened immune system or gastrointestinal problems. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Study Shows Antibiotics Could Be Replaced With Viruses," 11 June 2018 When Church and his colleagues replaced all 321 instances of one redundant codon with another in E. coli, the bacteria became resistant to the bacteriophage T7 virus. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Genome ‘writers’ set their first goal: recoding human cells to resist viruses," 1 May 2018 But to support that statement, Live Water links to a Wikipedia page about phage therapy, which uses viruses (not bacteria) to combat bacterial infections (phage or bacteriophage are terms for viruses that infect bacteria). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Meet “raw” water—ludicrously priced unfiltered water with random bacteria," 3 Jan. 2018 Scientists douse fruits and vegetables in a solution containing good bugs, like bacteriophages, that kills the bad bugs, like salmonella or listeria. Rebecca Huval, WIRED, "No Refrigeration Necessary: New Tech for Everlasting Shelf-Life," 7 Mar. 2018 The treatment, called phage therapy, uses bacteriophages, which are tiny viruses that appear to have an uncanny ability to destroy some of the most lethal strains of drug-resistant bacteria. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Superbugs Are Nearly Impossible to Fight. This Last-Resort Medical Treatment Offers Hope," 18 Dec. 2017

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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bacteriophage

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

Medical Definition of bacteriophage 

: a virus that infects bacteria

called also phage

Other Words from bacteriophage

bacteriophagy \(ˌ)bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈäf-​ə-​jē \ noun plural bacteriophagies

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