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[spawr-yuh-leyt, spor-] /ˈspɔr yəˌleɪt, ˈspɒr-/
verb (used without object), sporulated, sporulating. Biology
to produce spores.
Origin of sporulate
1880-85; sporule + -ate1
Related forms
sporulation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sporulate
  • Oocysts sporulate in the intestinal epithelium and are shed from the host in feces.
  • The effect of temperature on the pathogen's ability to sporulate will be examined and quantified.
British Dictionary definitions for sporulate


(intransitive) to produce spores, esp by multiple fission
Derived Forms
sporulation, noun
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sporulate in Medicine

sporulate spor·u·late (spôr'yə-lāt')
v. spor·u·lat·ed, spor·u·lat·ing, spor·u·lates
To produce or release spores.

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