[mahy-kruh-spawr-uh-sahyt, -spohr-]

noun Botany.

one of the mother cells that produce four microspores by meiosis.

Nearby words

  1. microspherocytosis,
  2. microsphygmy,
  3. microsplenia,
  4. microsporangium,
  5. microspore,
  6. microsporogenesis,
  7. microsporophyll,
  8. microsporum,
  9. microstat,
  10. microstate

Origin of microsporocyte

First recorded in 1935–40; microspore + -o- + -cyte

Also called pollen mother cell.

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Science definitions for microsporocyte



A diploid cell that undergoes meiosis to produce microspores as part of microsporogenesis. Also called microspore mother cell pollen mother cell
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