[spawr-yuh-leyt, spor-]

verb (used without object), spor·u·lat·ed, spor·u·lat·ing. Biology.

to produce spores.

Origin of sporulate

First recorded in 1880–85; sporule + -ate1
Related formsspor·u·la·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for sporulate

Historical Examples of sporulate

  • The life-history of all of these is very similar, the principal difference being in the length of time it takes them to sporulate.

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

British Dictionary definitions for sporulate



(intr) to produce spores, esp by multiple fission
Derived Formssporulation, noun
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sporulate in Medicine




To produce or release spores.
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