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A motile flagellated asexually produced spore, as of certain algae, oomycetes, and fungi.

zo′o·spor′ic adj.
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1. (Biology) an asexual spore of some algae and fungi that moves by means of flagella
2. (Biology) one of several spores produced in a saclike body (sporocyst) by some parasitic protozoans
ˌzooˈsporic, zoosporous adj
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(ˈzoʊ əˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr)

1. an asexual spore of certain algae or fungi that moves by cilia or flagella, often capable of encysting in adverse conditions.
2. an ameboid or flagellate reproductive form that emerges from the sporocyst in certain protozoans.
zo`o•spor′ic (-ˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-) adj.
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Noun1.zoospore - an asexual spore of some algae and fungi that moves by means of flagella
spore - a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion; "a sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
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Development of the different stages of vesicle and zoospore formation, cleavage, and release were assessed on colonized grass leaves in water cultures containing Ca++ and Mg++.
Elimination of the haploid zoospore stage in the life history of Arctic ChlorochyriumlSpongomorpha reduces propagule dispersal and attachment chance, and it diminishes the amount of time required to complete the species life history.
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Zoospore equivalents from each swab were estimated by averaging the DNA equivalent from each replicate and multiplying the average by a factor equal to the initial extraction dilution as well as any dilutions after extraction (multiplied by 150-1,500; Sanchez et al.,2008) .
Ananas comosus Budding, spherical to cells, forming elongate cells, forming pseudomyceliu pseudomyceliu Ananas comosus Zoospore bearing Phytophthora sp flagellate are seen which confirmed homogenous sporangia mortility on the zoospore abundant Citrus sinensis Conidial heads are Aspergillus niger large, globose and dark brown, becoming radiat and splitting into several columns with age.