spo·​ro·​phyte | \ ˈspȯr-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce sporophyte (audio) \

Definition of sporophyte

: the diploid multicellular individual or generation of a plant with alternation of generations that begins from a diploid zygote and produces haploid spores by meiotic division — compare gametophyte

Other Words from sporophyte

sporophytic \ ˌspȯr-​ə-​ˈfi-​tik How to pronounce sporophyte (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of sporophyte

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sporophyte was in 1886

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“Sporophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporophyte. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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spo·​ro·​phyte | \ -ˌfīt How to pronounce sporophyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of sporophyte

: an individual or generation of a plant exhibiting alternation of generations that bears asexual spores, is usually not clearly differentiated in algae and fungi, and in vascular plants is the conspicuous form ordinarily seen — compare gametophyte

Other Words from sporophyte

sporophytic \ ˌspōr-​ə-​ˈfit-​ik, ˌspȯr-​ How to pronounce sporophyte (audio) \ adjective

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