• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Biophore (Biol) One of the smaller vital units of a cell, the bearer of vitality and heredity. See Pangen, in Supplement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n biophore A cell, as the vital unit.
    • n biophore The hypothetical bearer, in the germ-plasm or substance of inheritance, of one of the hereditary qualities of an organism. Also biophor. See germ-plasm.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. bi`os life + fo`ros bearing, fr. fe`rein to bear


In literature:

Biophore: an ultimate constituent of germ plasm or hereditary substance.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Biophores, 40, 47, 58.
"On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation" by August Weismann
In this he distinguishes simple and complex component parts, the biophores, determinants, ids, and idants.
"The Biological Problem of To-day" by Oscar Hertwig