co·​li·​phage ˈkō-lə-ˌfāj How to pronounce coliphage (audio)
: any bacteriophage active against E. coli

Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coliphage was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Coliphage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


co·​li·​phage ˈkō-lə-ˌfāj, -ˌfäzh How to pronounce coliphage (audio)
: a bacteriophage active against colon bacilli
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