[ spawr-yuh-leyt, spor- ]
/ ˈspɔr yəˌleɪt, ˈspɒr- /

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 forms

spor·u·la·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for 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


/ (ˈspɒrjʊˌleɪt) /


(intr) to produce spores, esp by multiple fission

Derived Forms

sporulation, noun
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Medicine definitions for sporulate


[ spôryə-lāt′ ]


To produce or release spores.

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