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Definition of Bacteriophage

Bacteriophage: A virus that lives within a bacterium, replicating itself and eventually destroying the bacterial cell. Bacteriophages have been very helpful in the study of bacterial and molecular genetics. They are sometimes simply called phages.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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