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phage

Definitions of phage
  1. noun
    a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria
    phage uses the bacterium's machinery and energy to produce more phage until the bacterium is destroyed and phage is released to invade surrounding bacteria”
    synonyms: bacteriophage
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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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