Medical Definition of Defective phage

1. A temperate bacteriophage mutant whose genome does not contain all of the normal components and cannot become fully infectious virus, yet can replicate indefinitely in the bacterial genome as defective probacteriophage; many defective bacteriophage's are mediators of transduction. Synonym: defective phage. (05 Mar 2000)



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