prophage

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noun pro·phage \ˈprō-ˌfāj, -ˌfäzh\

Definition of prophage

  1. :  an intracellular form of a bacteriophage in which it is harmless to the host, is usually integrated into the hereditary material of the host, and reproduces when the host does

1951

First Known Use of prophage

1951


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prophage

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noun pro·phage \ˈprō-ˌfāj, -ˌfäzh\

Medical Definition of prophage

  1. :  an intracellular form of a bacteriophage in which it is harmless to the host, is usually integrated into the hereditary material of the host, and reproduces when the host does


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