sporulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sporulation asexual reproduction by the production and release of spores
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sporulation (Biol) The act or process of forming spores; spore formation. See Illust. of Bacillus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sporulation Formation of or conversion into spores or sporules; sporation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sporulation conversion into spores or sporules—also Sporā′tion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sporos, a sowing, seed—speirein, to sow.

Usage

In literature:

Some multiply by fission, others by sporulation.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The life-history of all of these is very similar, the principal difference being in the length of time it takes them to sporulate.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
The orange protoplasm passes along the colourless tubes to the terminal sporule at the end of its vegetation.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
The malarial paroxysm is coincident with sporulation.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
The sporont may or may not encyst at the commencement of sporulation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
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In news:

It was shown previously in the ascomycetous fungus Aspergillus nidulans that asexual sporulation is stimulated and sexual development repressed by red light.
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In science:

They observed that the regulatory network for chemotaxis, a process which allows an immediate response to the environment, has greater modularity than that for sporulation, which is more indirectly affected by the environment.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
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