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Definition of phage

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Definition of -phage (Entry 2 of 2)

: virus or cell that destroys cells bacteriophage microphage

Examples of phage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a new study by Garrett et al., a complete set of overlapping linear peptides on a phage display backbone was developed, which spanned the entire spike protein. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Schooley’s major challenge has been securing a phage supply. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 This month, Bunevacz should finally be able to start his phage therapy. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 One phage getting a lot of attention is crAssphage, discovered in 2014 by Bas Dutilh of the Radboud Institute in the Netherlands. David Pride, Scientific American, 7 Dec. 2020 The team decided to test its hunch that the cluster of sequences represented a new phage defense. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 11 Nov. 2020 The team discovered the retron normally keeps the toxin under wraps, but activates it in the presence of phage proteins. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 11 Nov. 2020 Dysphagia is the inability (dys) to swallow (phage). Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 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

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First Known Use of phage


1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phage


by shortening

Noun combining form

Greek -phagos one that eats, from -phagos -phagous

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“Phage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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