Etymology
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phage (n.)

virus that destroys bacteria, 1917, an abbreviated form of bacteriophage.

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Definitions of phage

phage (n.)
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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