lysogenic

adjective
ly·​so·​gen·​ic | \ˌlī-sə-ˈje-nik \

Definition of lysogenic 

1 : harboring a prophage as hereditary material lysogenic bacteria

2 : temperate sense 3 lysogenic viruses

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from lysogenic

lysogenicity \ ˌlī-​sə-​jə-​ˈni-​sə-​tē \ noun

Examples of lysogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

For the new bladder phage study, Putonti and colleagues at Loyola focused on the more complex lysogenic phages in urine. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Never-before-seen viruses that can kill bacteria stream from women’s bladders," 1 Feb. 2018 Additionally, phages can cause different types of infections, typically either lytic or lysogenic. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Never-before-seen viruses that can kill bacteria stream from women’s bladders," 1 Feb. 2018 In lysogenic infections, phages invade bacterial cells but then sneak their genetic code into that of the bacterium’s, sometimes disrupting genes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Never-before-seen viruses that can kill bacteria stream from women’s bladders," 1 Feb. 2018 Viruses with this quality are called lysogenic phages. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Scientists are dusting off a long-forgotten weapon to cope with modern bacteria," 2 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lysogenic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lysogenic

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lysogenic

from the capacity of the prophage to lyse other bacteria

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lysogenic

Dictionary Entries near lysogenic

-lysis

lysogen

lysogenetic

lysogenic

lysogenise

lysogenize

lysogeny

Statistics for lysogenic

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lysogenic

The first known use of lysogenic was in 1899

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lysogenic

lysogenic

adjective
ly·​so·​gen·​ic | \ˌlī-sə-ˈjen-ik \

Medical Definition of lysogenic 

1 : harboring a prophage as hereditary material lysogenic bacteria

2 : temperate sense 2 lysogenic viruses

Other Words from lysogenic

lysogenicity \ -​jə-​ˈnis-​ət-​ē \ noun plural -ties

Comments on lysogenic

What made you want to look up lysogenic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!