[ ahr-thruh-spawr, -spohr ]
/ ˈɑr θrəˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr /

noun Biology.

an isolated vegetative cell that has passed into a resting state, occurring in bacteria and not regarded as a true spore.
one of a number of spores of various fungi and certain blue-green algae, united in the form of a string of beads, formed by fission.

Origin of arthrospore

First recorded in 1890–95; arthro- + spore

Related forms

ar·thro·spor·ic [ahr-thruh-spawr-ik, ‐spor‐] /ˌɑr θrəˈspɔr ɪk, ‐ˈspɒr‐/, ar·thros·po·rous [ahr-thros-per-uh s, ahr-thruh-spawr-uh s, ‐spohr‐] /ɑrˈθrɒs pər əs, ˌɑr θrəˈspɔr əs, ‐ˈspoʊr‐/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arthrospores


/ (ˈɑːθrəˌspɔː) /


a sporelike cell of ascomycetous fungi and some algae produced by a breaking of the hyphae
a resting sporelike cell produced by some bacteria

Derived Forms

arthrosporic or arthrosporous, adjective
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