bacteriophage

Definitions of bacteriophage
  1. noun
    a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria
    synonyms: phage
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    types:
    coliphage
    a bacteriophage that infects the bacterium Escherichia coli
    typhoid bacteriophage
    a bacteriophage specific for the bacterium Salmonella typhi
    type of:
    virus
    (virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
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