a virus which infects germs also colloquially called phage in laboratory jargon
- a virus that is parasitic (reproduces itself) in micro-organisms
A virus that lives within a bacterium, replicating it self and finally destroying the bacterial mobile. Bacteriophages have-been very useful when you look at the study of bacterial and molecular genetics. These are typically sometimes merely called phages.
1921, from French bact
a representative that's known to destroy bacteria; its only mixed up in presence of bacteria that's prone to damage that it could cause.