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  • noun A bacteriophage.

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  • noun microbiology, virology A virus that is parasitic to bacteria.

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  • noun a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria


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Ancient Greek φαγητόν (phageton, "food, consumption"), from φαγεῖν aorist of ἐσθίω, ἔδω ("to eat, to consume").


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