zoo·​spore | \ ˈzō-ə-ˌspȯr How to pronounce zoospore (audio) \

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 How to pronounce zoospore (audio) \ adjective

Examples of zoospore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infection usually occurs via contact with water that contains the swimming zoospores of P. insidiosum, which are drawn to open wounds. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Vaccine Offers Hope in Chincoteague Ponies’ Battle Against Swamp Cancer," 29 Apr. 2020 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

History and Etymology for zoospore

borrowed from French, from zoo- zoo- + -spore -spore

Note: The term was apparently introduced by the French botanist Joseph Decaisne (1807-82) in "Essai sur une classification des Algues et des Polypiers calcifères de Lamouroux," Annales des sciences naturelles, seconde série, tome 17ème, Botanique (1842), p. 307.

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“Zoospore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoospore. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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zoo·​spore | \ ˈzō-ə-ˌspō(ə)r, -ˌspȯ(ə)r How to pronounce zoospore (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce zoospore (audio) \ adjective

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