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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The inner layer of the wall of a spore.
  • noun An asexual spore developed within a cell, as that formed by some bacteria.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the inner coat of a spore, corresponding to the intine of a pollen-grain. Compare epispore, exospore.
  • noun In bacteriology, a spore formed within a cell, as distinguished from arthrospore.
  • noun Also endosporium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The thin inner coat of certain spores.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The inner layer of a spore
  • noun A small vegetative spore produced by some bacteria

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small asexual spore that develops inside the cell of some bacteria and algae

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