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[spawr-yuh-leyt, spor-] /ˈspɔr yəˌleɪt, ˈspɒr-/
verb (used without object), sporulated, sporulating. Biology.
to produce spores.
Origin of sporulate
First recorded in 1880-85; sporule + -ate1
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sporulation, noun Unabridged
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  • The life-history of all of these is very similar, the principal difference being in the length of time it takes them to sporulate.

    Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane
British Dictionary definitions for sporulate


(intransitive) to produce spores, esp by multiple fission
Derived Forms
sporulation, noun
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sporulate in Medicine

sporulate spor·u·late (spôr'yə-lāt')
v. spor·u·lat·ed, spor·u·lat·ing, spor·u·lates
To produce or release spores.

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