Glossary of Medical Terms

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Number of infectious virus particles or Ig producing cells for unit volume. See: plaque assay. Refers to any entity which can give rise to a plaque. For example: if a phage stock solution has 1010 pfu/ml, it means that each ml of this stock has 1010 phage particles which can form plaques. This (pfu/ml) is the conventional way to refer the concentration of a phage preparation. Compare: CFU.
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