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[spawr-uh-fahyt, spohr-] /ˈspɔr əˌfaɪt, ˈspoʊr-/
noun, Botany.
the form of a plant in the alternation of generations that produces asexual spores.
Compare gametophyte.
Origin of sporophyte
First recorded in 1885-90; sporo- + -phyte
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[spawr-uh-fit-ik, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌspoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
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/ˈspɔːrəʊˌfaɪt; ˈspɒ-/
the diploid form of plants that have alternation of generations. It develops from a zygote and produces asexual spores Compare gametophyte
Derived Forms
sporophytic (ˌspɔːrəˈfɪtɪk; ˌspɒ-) adjective
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Word Origin and History for sporophyte

from comb. form of Greek spora "spore" (see spore) + -phyte.

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sporophyte in Science
Among organisms which display an alternation of generations (such as plants, fungi, and certain algae), the individual diploid organism that produces spores. A sporophyte develops from an embryo resulting from the union of two gametes. Each of its cells has two sets of chromosomes, as opposed to the haploid gametophyte generation. See more at alternation of generations, gametophyte.

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