Definition of endospore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈendəˌspôr/


1A resistant asexual spore that develops inside some bacteria cells.
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  • 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.
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  • It is released from the outer cell wall of endospores at sporulation.
  • Free endospores can be confused with small yeast forms.



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