from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small asexual spore, as that formed by some bacteria.
- n. The inner layer of the wall of a spore.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The inner layer of a spore
- n. A small vegetative spore produced by some bacteria
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The thin inner coat of certain spores.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the inner coat of a spore, corresponding to the intine of a pollen-grain. Compare epispore, exospore.
- n. In bacteriology, a spore formed within a cell, as distinguished from arthrospore.
- n. Also endosporium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small asexual spore that develops inside the cell of some bacteria and algae
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I can form an 'endospore', a little coating that protects me.
When I'm in my endospore I can survive very high temperatures.
The true spore or endospore begins with the appearance of a minute granule in the protoplasm of a vegetative cell; this granule enlarges and in a few hours has taken to itself all the protoplasm, secreted a thin but very resistive envelope, and is a ripe ovoid spore, smaller than the mother-cell and lying loosely in it (cf.figs. 6, 9, 10, and 11).
Nor must we overlook the possibility that the endospore-formation in non-motile bacteria more than merely resembles the development of azygospores in the Conjugatae, and some Ulothricaceae, if reduced in size, would resemble them.
Its "capture and destroy" approach using the company's proprietary plasma technology will kill 99.999% of trapped bacteria and viruses, and 99.99% of hard to destroy bacterial endospore microorganisms.
The bacterial endospore (spore) has recently been proposed as a new surface display system.
The new technology works by looking for dipicolinic acid -- a major component of endospores and evidence of endospore growth -- by first applying terbium to a dime-sized area.
Using its internal plasma technology, the TriClean Pro will destroy 99. 999% of trapped bacteria and viruses, and 99. 99% of hard to kill bacterial endospore microorganisms.
The article mentions that the bacteria which didn't protect themselves with the endospore stage died within minutes.
a double wall, a thin delicate wall of unaltered cellulose, the endospore or intine, and a tough outer cuticularized exospore or extine.