[ as-kuh-spawr, -spohr ]
/ ˈæs kəˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr /
a spore formed within an ascus.
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OTHER WORDS FROM ascosporeas·co·spor·ic [as-kuh-spawr-ik, -spor-], /ˌæs kəˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-/, as·cos·po·rous [as-kos-per-uhs, as-kuh-spawr-, -spohr-], /æsˈkɒs pər əs, ˌæs kəˈspɔr-, -ˈspoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ascospore
/ (ˈæskəˌspɔː) /
one of the spores (usually eight in number) that are produced in an ascus
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Scientific definitions for ascospore
[ ăs′kə-spôr′ ]
A sexually produced fungal spore formed within an ascus of ascomycetes. Ascospores have a haploid number of chromosomes and are formed by meiosis of the diploid zygote that results when the nuclei of sexually compatible hyphae fuse together. When an ascospore is released and lands in a place that is rich in nutrients, it germinates and sends out hyphae of its own.
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