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Pronunciation: ko'li-faj, kol'i-

Definition: A bacteriophage with an affinity for one or another strain of Escherichia coli. In general, coliphages, like other bacteriophages, are known by symbols that have significance only as a means of laboratory identification; additional notations, however, specifically identify variant characteristics, ?dgal denotes the deficient prophage (coliphage) ?, which carries the bacterial gene gal (galactose).

[(Escherichia) coli + bacteriophage]

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