Definition of endospore in English:

endospore

Syllabification: en·do·spore
Pronunciation: /ˈendəˌspôr
 
/

noun

Biology
1A resistant asexual spore that develops inside some bacteria cells.
More example sentences
  • The use of physical or chemical means to destroy all microbial life including highly resistant bacterial endospores.
  • We have directly visualized high-resolution native structures of bacterial endospores, including the exosporium and spore coats of four Bacillus species in air and water environments.
  • Only a few genera of bacteria such as Bacillus and Clostridium are capable of forming endospores.
1.1The inner layer of the membrane or wall of some spores and pollen grains.
More example sentences
  • It is released from the outer cell wall of endospores at sporulation.
  • Free endospores can be confused with small yeast forms.

Derivatives

endosporous

Pronunciation: /enˈdäspərəs, ˌendəˈspôrəs/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Could the fact that they are endosporous rather than free-living impose a downward selection on cell size?

Definition of endospore in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌəʊlɪˈadʒɪnəs
adjective
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily