any of a group of viruses that infect specific bacteria, usually causing their disintegration or dissolution.
a virus that is parasitic in a bacterium and multiplies within its host, which is destroyed when the new viruses are released Often shortened to phage
1921, from French bactériophage (1917), from bacterio-, comb. form of bacteria, + -phage.
bacteriophage bac·te·ri·o·phage (bāk-tēr’ē-ə-fāj’)
A virus capbale of infecting and lysing bacterial cells. Also called phage.
A virus that infects and destroys bacterial cells.
noun a fear of bacteria Word Origin bacterio- ‘bacteria’
bacteriopsonin bacteriopsonin bac·te·ri·op·so·nin (bāk-tēr’ē-ŏp’sə-nĭn) n. An opsonin that acts on bacteria.
a protein complex in the membrane of halobacteria that conducts a unique form of photosynthesis, employing the light-sensitive pigment retinal rather than the chlorophyll used by all other known photosynthetic organisms.
the examination of bacteria with a microscope.