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Temperate phage

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Definition

noun, plural: temperate phages

A bacteriophage that displays lysogenic life cycle in contrast to virulent phage that does not have the ability to display lysogeny (especially following mutation).


Supplement

Many temperate phages are capable of integrating their genome into the genome of their host. These phages can infect bacterial cell but rarely cause lysis.


Compare: virulent phage mutant