Definition of endospore in English:


Line breaks: endo|spore
Pronunciation: /ˈɛndə(ʊ)spɔː


  • 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.

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