1. The asexual or sexual reproductive body of fungi or sporozoan protozoa. 2. A cell of a plant lower in organization than the seed-bearing spermatophytic plants. 3. A resistant form of certain species of bacteria. 4. The highly modified reproductive body of certain protozoa, as in the phyla Microspora and Myxozoa. [G. sporos, seed]
- black s. a degenerating malarial or other blood parasite in the body of the mosquito.
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spore 'spō(ə)r, 'spȯ(ə)r n a primitive usu. unicellular often environmentally resistant dormant or reproductive body produced by plants, fungi, and some microorganisms and capable of developing into a new individual either directly or after fusion with another spore
spore vi, spored; spor·ing to produce or reproduce by spores

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a small reproductive body produced by plants and microorganisms. Some kinds of spores function as dormant stages of the life cycle, enabling the organism to survive adverse conditions. Other spores are the means by which the organism can spread vegetatively. See also endospore.

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(spor) [L. spora, Gr. spora seed] 1. a refractile, oval body formed within bacteria, especially genera of the family Bacillaceae (Bacillus, Clostridium, Desulfotomaculum, Sporolactobacillus, Sporosarcina), which is regarded as a resting stage during the life history of the cell, and is characterized by its resistance to environmental changes. Called also bacterial s. 2. the reproductive element, produced sexually or asexually, of one of the lower organisms, such as protozoa, fungi, or algae. See asexual s., sexual s., and sporulation.

Various types of fungal spores.

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  • spore — [spôr, spōr] n. [ModL spora < Gr, a sowing, seed, akin to speirein, to sow < IE base * (s)p(h)er , to strew, sow > SPREAD, SPROUT] 1. Biol. any of various small reproductive bodies, usually consisting of a single cell, produced by… …   English World dictionary

  • spore — spore. См. спора. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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  • spore — [spo: US spo:r] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Modern Latin; Origin: spora, from Greek, act of planting seeds, seed , from speirein to plant seeds ] a cell like a seed that is produced by some plants such as ↑mushrooms and can develop into a new plant …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spore — [ spɔr ] noun count TECHNICAL a small object like a seed that is produced by MUSHROOMS and similar plants …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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