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Medical Term:

defective bacteriophage


a temperate bacteriophage mutant with a genome that does not contain all normal components and cannot become a fully infectious virus, yet can replicate indefinitely in the bacterial genome as defective probacteriophage; many defective bacteriophages are mediators of transduction.

Synonym(s): defective phage

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