- Biology. a walled, single- to many-celled, reproductive body of an organism, capable of giving rise to a new individual either directly or indirectly.
- a germ, germ cell, seed, or the like.
- to bear or produce spores.
Origin of spore
Examples from the Web for spores
As a result of the small size of the spores, anthrax is virtually impossible to see, smell, or taste.CDC: 80 May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax
June 19, 2014
All of us inhale a few dozen spores every day and are no worse for wear.Contamination Seen as Cause for New Meningitis Outbreak in Five States
October 4, 2012
Ultrafiltration membranes remove more than 99 percent of bacteria, molds, and spores from drinking water, and can be used at home.Technologies That Empower Women
March 7, 2010
But it is unnecessary to dwell longer on the spores of fungi.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
The spores are globose or nearly so, with a large "nucleus" nearly filling the spore.
Spores ovate or subelliptical, mostly uninucleate, sordid green.
If the spores should be colored, white paper should be used.
The spores soon separate by a transverse partition and fall off.
- a reproductive body, produced by bacteria, fungi, various plants, and some protozoans, that develops into a new individual. A sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes and an asexual spore is the result of asexual reproduction
- a germ cell, seed, dormant bacterium, or similar body
- (intr) to produce, carry, or release spores
Word Origin and History for spores
1836, from Modern Latin spora, from Greek spora "seed, a sowing," related to sporos "sowing," and speirein "to sow," from PIE *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)).
- A small, usually single-celled asexual or sexual reproductive body that is highly resistant to desiccation and heat and is capable of growing into a new organism, produced especially by certain bacteria, fungi, algae, and nonflowering plants.
- A dormant, nonreproductive body formed by certain bacteria in response to adverse environmental conditions.
- A usually one-celled reproductive body that can grow into a new organism without uniting with another cell. Spores are haploid (having only a single set of chromosomes). Fungi, algae, seedless plants, and certain protozoans reproduce asexually by spores. Plant spores that are dispersed by the wind have walls containing sporopollenin.
- See more at alternation of generations.
- A similar one-celled body in seed-bearing plants; the macrospore or microspore. The macrospore of seed-bearing plants develops into a female gametophyte or megagametophyte, which is contained within the ovule and eventually produces the egg cells. (The megagametophyte is also called the embryo sac in angiosperms.) The microspore of seed-bearing plants develops into the male microgametophyte or pollen grain. See endospore.
A reproductive cell or group of cells, produced by some plants, that is capable of developing into an adult plant without combining with another reproductive cell. Plants also produce sperm cells. The spores of nonflowering plants are analogous to the seeds of flowering plants. (See asexual reproduction; compare sexual reproduction.) Fungi and algae typically reproduce by means of spores that are carried by the wind or some other agency to a new location for growth.