[spuh-ran-jee-uh m]
noun, plural spo·ran·gi·a [spuh-ran-jee-uh] /spəˈræn dʒi ə/. Botany, Mycology.
  1. the case or sac in which spores are produced.

Origin of sporangium

1815–25; < New Latin, equivalent to spor- spor- + Greek angeîon vessel
Also called spore case.
Related formsspo·ran·gi·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spore case

spore case

  1. the nontechnical name for sporangium


noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)
  1. any organ, esp in fungi, in which asexual spores are produced
Derived Formssporangial, adjective

Word Origin for sporangium

C19: from New Latin, from sporo- + Greek angeion receptacle
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Word Origin and History for spore case



(plural sporangia), Modern Latin, from Greek spora "spore" (see spore) + angeion "vessel" (see angio-).

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spore case in Medicine


n. pl. spo•ran•gi•a (-jē-ə)
  1. A cell within a fungus in which asexual spores are produced by progressive cleavage.
Related formsspo•rangi•al (-jē-əl) adj.
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spore case in Science

spore case

  1. See sporangium.


Plural sporangia
  1. A cell or structure in which spores are produced. Ferns, fungi, mosses, and algae release spores from sporangia. Also called spore case
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