[spawr-yuh-leyt, spor-]

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 sporulation

Historical Examples of sporulation

  • Sporulation only takes place outside the body, probably because free oxygen is necessary to the process.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for sporulation


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


  1. The production or release of spores.


  1. To produce or release spores.
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