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[spawr-uh-fahyt, spohr-]
noun Botany.
  1. the form of a plant in the alternation of generations that produces asexual spores.
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Origin of sporophyte

First recorded in 1885–90; sporo- + -phyte
Related formsspo·ro·phyt·ic [spawr-uh-fit-ik, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌspoʊr-/, adjective
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  1. the diploid form of plants that have alternation of generations. It develops from a zygote and produces asexual sporesCompare gametophyte
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Derived Formssporophytic (ˌspɔːrəˈfɪtɪk, ˌspɒ-), adjective
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Word Origin and History for sporophyte


from comb. form of Greek spora "spore" (see spore) + -phyte.

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sporophyte in Science


  1. Among organisms which display an alternation of generations (such as plants, fungi, and certain algae), the individual diploid organism that produces spores. A sporophyte develops from an embryo resulting from the union of two gametes. Each of its cells has two sets of chromosomes, as opposed to the haploid gametophyte generation. See more at alternation of generations gametophyte.
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