sporulate

[ spawr-yuh-leyt, spor- ]
/ ˈspɔr yəˌleɪt, ˈspɒr- /
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verb (used without object), spor·u·lat·ed, spor·u·lat·ing. Biology.

to produce spores.

Nearby words

  1. sportswear,
  2. sportswoman,
  3. sportswriter,
  4. sporty,
  5. sporular,
  6. sporulation,
  7. sporule,
  8. spot,
  9. spot announcement,
  10. spot card

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

  • 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

sporulate

/ (ˈspɒrjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

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

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Medicine definitions for sporulation

sporulation

[ spôr′yə-lāshən ]

n.

The production or release of spores.

sporulate

[ spôryə-lāt′ ]

v.

To produce or release spores.

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