Definition of Spore:

  1. Hard shell-like protective encasement that enables some microorganisms (such as Clostridium) to survive bactericidal chemicals and extreme conditions of cold, heat, and dryness. A microorganism in spore form, although dormant, is much harder to kill than when it is in active form. Diseases caused by spores include anthrax, botulism, gas gangrene, and tetanus. Spores are destroyed only by sterilization. From Greek sporos, seed.

  2. A minute, typically one-celled, reproductive unit capable of giving rise to a new individual without sexual fusion, characteristic of lower plants, fungi, and protozoans.

Synonyms of Spore

Adenovirus, Aerobe, Aerobic bacteria, Amoeba, Anaerobe, Anaerobic bacteria, Bacillus, Bacteria, Bacterium, Basidium, Bug, Coccus, Cystocarp, Disease-producing microorganism, Echovirus, Enterovirus, Filterable virus, Fungus, Germ, Gram-negative bacteria, Gram-positive bacteria, Macrospore, Megaspore, Microbe, Microorganism, Microsporangium, Microspore, Mold, Nonfilterable virus, Pathogen, Picornavirus, Planospore, Protozoa, Protozoon, Reovirus, Rhinovirus, Rickettsia, Sorus, Spirillum, Spirochete, Sporangium, Sporocarp, Sporocyst, Sporocyte, Sporophore, Sporophyte, Sporule, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Swarm spore, Trypanosome, Vibrio, Virus, Zoospore, Zygospore, Embryo, Bud, Nucleus, Seed, Spore, Egg, Ovum

How to use Spore in a sentence?

  1. Grain mold fungi also produce spores capable of aerial dispersal in the field as well as within a grain storage bin.

Meaning of Spore & Spore Definition