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[spuh-ran-jee-uh m] /spəˈræn dʒi əm/
noun, plural sporangia
[spuh-ran-jee-uh] /spəˈræn dʒi ə/ (Show IPA).
Botany, Mycology
the case or sac in which spores are produced.
Also called spore case.
Origin of sporangium
1815-25; < New Latin, equivalent to spor- spor- + Greek angeîon vessel
Related forms
sporangial, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -gia (-dʒɪə)
any organ, esp in fungi, in which asexual spores are produced
Derived Forms
sporangial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from sporo- + Greek angeion receptacle
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Word Origin and History for sporangium

(plural sporangia), Modern Latin, from Greek spora "spore" (see spore) + angeion "vessel" (see angio-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sporangium in Medicine

sporangium spo·ran·gi·um (spə-rān'jē-əm)
n. pl. spo·ran·gi·a (-jē-ə)
A cell within a fungus in which asexual spores are produced by progressive cleavage.

spo·ran'gi·al (-jē-əl) adj.
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sporangium in Science
Plural sporangia
A cell or structure in which spores are produced. Ferns, fungi, mosses, and algae release spores from sporangia. Also called spore case.
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