from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A virus that infects and lyses certain bacteria.
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- n. A virus that specifically infects bacteria.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a virus which infects bacteria; -- also colloquially called phage in laboratory jargon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in bacteria
Borrowing from French bactériophage, coined by microbiologist Félix d'Hérelle, from bacterio- (“bacteria”) + -phage (“eater”). (Wiktionary)