zoospore

noun
zoo·​spore | \ˈzō-ə-ˌspȯr \

Definition of zoospore 

: an independently motile spore especially : a motile usually naked and flagellated asexual spore especially of an alga or lower fungus

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Other Words from zoospore

zoosporic \ ˌzō-​ə-​ˈspȯr-​ik \ adjective

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After a few days or weeks, structures called sporangia develop, which migrate to the skin surface, then burst to release massive new batches of zoospores. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "A fungus is attacking Europe’s most beloved salamander. It could wreak havoc if it gets to North America," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of zoospore

1842, in the meaning defined above

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zoospore

noun
zoo·​spore | \ˈzō-ə-ˌspō(ə)r, -ˌspȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of zoospore 

: an independently motile spore especially : a motile usually naked and flagellated asexual spore especially of an alga or lower fungus

Other Words from zoospore

zoosporic \ ˌzō-​ə-​ˈspōr-​ik, -​ˈspȯr-​ \ adjective

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