Spore formation


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(Biol) A mode of reproduction resembling multiple fission, common among Protozoa, in which the organism breaks up into a number of pieces, or spores, each of which eventually develops into an organism like the parent form.
The formation of reproductive cells or spores, as in the growth of bacilli.
- Balfour.

See also: Spore, Spore

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